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Rule 502(d) Orders and the Attorney-Client Privilege

In today’s increasingly data-driven world, compliance with discovery requirements can mean production of hundreds of thousands of pages of documents, if not millions. Federal Rule of Evidence 502(d) was enacted to reduce the costs and risks associated with discovery, and to allow a federal court to protect the privilege of documents that have been inadvertently disclosed. Federal Rule of Evidence 502(d) provides that “a federal court may order that the privilege or protection is not waived by disclosure connected with the litigation pending before the court – in which event the disclosure is also not a waiver in any other federal or state proceeding.”

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WELCOME TO THE NEWLY RE-LAUNCHED KMK MONTHLY E-DISCOVERY ROUND-UP

Richard G. Braman

This month has seen some extraordinary developments.  Probably the most noteworthy of which is the passing of Richard Braman, Founder and Executive Director Emeritus of The Sedona Conference.  And, although I never met him personally, his vision, leadership and influence on the world of e-Discovery have blazed an e-Discovery trail and served as a beacon of light for many of us in this industry, and as such, I am forever grateful.  If you are unfamiliar with Mr. Braman, a beautiful tribute to his life and work can be found on The Sedona Conference website.

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Can a Simple Form Reduce Disputes Over ESI?

Can a simple form make ESI discovery easier for us and reduce our clients’ expenses, inconvenience, and distrust of opposing counsel? Having studied a  two-page Order developed by Magistrate Judge Thomas Shields of the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, I would answer in the affirmative.

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E-Discovery Vendor or Partner: It’s All in the Name

A quick glance at  Dictionary.com reveals the following definitions for the word ‘vendor’ vs. the word ‘partner’:

vendor:
-noun
1.        a person or agency that sells.

partner:
-noun
1.        a person who shares or is associated with another in some action or endeavor; sharer; associate.

How do you and your organization view your relationship with your external e-discovery service provider(s), as those of a vendor, or those of a partner?  Frequently razzed about my overt avoidance of the word ‘vendor’ when seeking e-discovery RFP project consultations and bids at the onset of a new litigation matter, the word ‘vendor’ still never fails to leave a sour taste in my mouth. 

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TAGS: 2006 FRCP E-Discovery Amendments, E-Discovery, Electronic Data Discovery, Litigation, Technology
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Your E-Discovery GPS: Are You on the Right Track?

A question I am sometimes asked, and one which never fails to trigger an immediate onset of nervous ticks and twitches, is the question of what general direction most jurisdictions are moving in the majority of their important e-discovery decisions.

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TAGS: 2006 FRCP E-Discovery Amendments, E-Discovery, E-Discovery Case Law, Electronic Data Discovery, Litigation
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