There is a new predictive coding case in Delaware Court of Chancery that could have a big impact on the attitude of corporate America to technology-assisted review. EORHB, Inc., et al v. HOA Holdings, LLC, C.A. No. 7409-VCL (Del. Ch. Oct. 15, 2012). This case involves a complex multimillion-dollar commercial indemnity dispute involving the sale of Hooters, a well-known restaurant, famous for its chicken wings, beer, and other things.
The judge hearing the dispute, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster, is also well-known, but for something completely different, namely surprise rulings. This case adds to that reputation. He completely surprised the lawyers in this case with a surprise bench ruling that they all use predictive coding and share a common vendor. Here are his exact words:
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October is proving to be a busy month for predictive coding in the e-discovery industry. On the heels of Daegis and Exterro announcing PC offerings, two more e-discovery vendors have entered the fray.
International business and legal advisory firm FTI Consulting, Inc., announced the launch of a new Predictive Discovery service by its technology practice group, reports Sean Doherty. The new service promises to reduce review time and cost as well as unite people and processes with predictive coding software — familiar language to anyone watching technology-assisted review products. Doherty spoke with Joe Looby, senior managing director in FTI's technology practice, to see what sets FTI's Predictive Discovery apart from other offerings.
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Two more e-discovery vendors hopped on the predictive coding bandwagon this week, which may have some speculating at what point the technology will be omnipresent in the industry.
Roseville, Calif.-based Daegis Inc., a company that hosts its software for law firms and corporate legal, announced Acumen, its machine learning technology that will be available as a standard feature for subscribing clients and also for customers on a per-gigabyte model, reports Evan Koblentz. Acumen takes what Doug Stewart, vice president of technology at Daegis, describes as a "process-driven" approach.
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From time to time, LTN columnist, trial attorney, and E-Discovery Special Master Craig Ball likes to rail at his fellow travelers who have passed the Bar that their legal education is far from over.
In this month's "Ball in Your Court column," Ball traces what he sees as the necessary evolution from barrister as bare, forked creature who trafficked in paper and banker's boxes, Homo Erectus, to legal starchild of the digital age, "Homo Electronicus" (cue tympanies) — who not only totes a tablet but knows exactly where the data entered into it resides (and what to do with it). Once again, it's time for attorneys to get schooled in technology.
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Incident to the cover story for the October 1 issue of Law Technology News, "Defending Big Data," we sent a request for information to vendors who attended LegalTech New York 2012 and asked them if their products or services addressed the tension that exists in mining, exploiting, and monetizing customer data versus the security and privacy of that data.
I summarized some of the responses in the story "Big Data Technology." For the most part, the responses showed that legal technology was focused on Big Data to extract evidence used in litigation and government investigation and not to address the privacy and security interests in the large data sets owned by enterprises. The software manufacturers that predominantly handle enterprise Big Data, e.g., IBM, Oracle, and SAP, do not apply the same wares to e-discovery and litigation support -- yet.
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