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Because You Need to Know: Monthly News Round-Up for May 2019

A monthly round-up of 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 May 2019.

Industry News Stories

Interesting topics in the news from May include new developments in eDiscovery and legal technology education and the importance of metadata in medical malpractice cases:

Notable Cases

New eDiscovery cases discussed in May include:

XDD Materials

In May, XDD published four new blog articles, a brand new podcast, one new white paper, and one new educational webinar:

  • XDD’s First Chair Podcast
    • Episode 01: Bob Polus on Industry Evolution – Each month, XDD’s First Chair podcast invites one or more guest experts to sit down with XDD Director of Education Matthew Verga, JD, for a 20-30 minute conversation about a single, important eDiscovery topic. In our inaugural episode, Bob Polus, the original founder and current President and CEO of Xact Data Discovery, joins us to offer a wide-angle view of the discovery services industry’s evolution, from its birth two decades ago, to a market size in excess of $10 billion today.
  • Practice Guide
    • Everything in Moderation: Proportionality in eDiscovery – On December 1, 2015, significant amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure became effective that brought the existing-but-overlooked concept of proportionality front and center in an attempt to combat the runaway cost and scale of discovery in the digital era. In this free white paper, XDD Director of Education Matthew Verga, JD, surveys the case law applying these amendments, from 2016-2019, distills key takeaways from them, and reviews guidance on considering proportionality.
  • Educational Webinar
    • Everything in Moderation: Proportionality in eDiscovery – On December 1, 2015, significant amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure became effective that brought the existing-but-overlooked concept of proportionality front and center in an attempt to combat the runaway cost and scale of discovery in the digital era. In this free webinar, XDD Director of Education Matthew Verga, JD, surveys the case law applying these amendments, from 2016-2019, distills key takeaways from them, and reviews guidance on considering proportionality.

As always, we welcome your input regarding future topics for our webinars, articles, and white papers.  Share your interests with us here.


About the Author

Matthew Verga

Director, Education and Content Marketing

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. An twelve-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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