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Because You Need to Know: Monthly News Round-Up for March 2021

A monthly round-up of eDiscovery industry news stories, useful publications, and notable cases of which you should be aware from the preceding month


Welcome to “Because You Need to Know,” XDD’s monthly news round-up.  In these posts, we gather together interesting articles, noteworthy cases, new publications, and XDD materials from the preceding month.  This post gathers items of interest from March 2021.

Industry News Stories

Interesting topics in the news in March included Missouri rule changes, sanctions trends, the role of judges, privacy law developments, and text message risks:

Notable Cases

New eDiscovery cases discussed in March included:

XDD Materials

In March, XDD published two new blog articles, a new practice guide, and a new educational webinar:

  • Practice Guide
    • How Should Productions of Mobile Device Messages Be Formatted? – Mobile devices have become frequent sources of relevant ESI in litigation.  As mobile device sources have rapidly increased in number and importance, practitioners have struggled to adapt to these evolving expectations and challenges.  Among the challenges presented is the challenge of determining what format to use for the production (or request) of mobile device data – especially for text messages and other mobile messages.  In this free, seven-page Practice Guide, XDD Director of Education Matthew Verga discusses common questions related to mobile data production, including: what kind of data’s being produced, what makes production complicated, what have rules and cases said about it, and what should be considered when requesting.
  • Educational Webinar
    • TAR 2.0: Are We There Yet? – One of the challenges of utilizing a technology-assisted review (“TAR”) workflow is deciding when you are done.  How do you identify the point of diminishing returns?  How do you demonstrate the reasonableness of stopping at that point?  Uncertainty about how to make and defend this decision remains one of the impediments to wider adoption of TAR workflows in eDiscovery. In this free, one-hour educational webinar, XDD Directors of Relativity Analytics Chris Chapman and Chris Powell discuss how to make and defend a cutoff decision for TAR 2.0 workflows featuring continuous active learning.  Topics discussed include: the sliding scale of defensibility, pegging completion to objectives, selecting review cutoff scores, and elusion sampling and recall calculations.

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About the Author

Matthew Verga

Director of Education

Matthew Verga is an electronic discovery expert proficient at leveraging his legal experience as an attorney, his technical knowledge as a practitioner, and his skills as a communicator to make complex eDiscovery topics accessible to diverse audiences. A fourteen-year industry veteran, Matthew has worked across every phase of the EDRM and at every level from the project trenches to enterprise program design. He leverages this background to produce engaging educational content to empower practitioners at all levels with knowledge they can use to improve their projects, their careers, and their organizations.

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