FTI has released a new study — "Advice From Counsel: an Inside Look at Streamlining E-Discovery Programs." The majority of respondents worked for Fortune 1000 companies with e-discovery responsibilities. Some survey highlights:
1. the major challenge for companies is gaining control of the e-discovery process and budget predictability;
2. improving the e-discovery process and having a single point of contact is important to companies. To that end, companies are narrowing the field of outsourcing providers;
Continue reading "FTI Surveys In-House Counsel on Streamlining EDD " »
No Surprises: Fulbright & Jaworski has released its seventh Litigation Trends Survey with the not-unexpected results that the 403 corporate counsel respondents predict another "litigious, cost-conscious" year. Just about all respondents (93% U.S. and 97% U.K.) predicted that legal disputes would either increase or remain the same next year. And 87% of U.S. respondents said they encountered new litigation this year; 54% of all respondents initiated a suit. Also not surprisingly, 42% of energy companies are bracing for more disputes, the report notes.
Continue reading "F&J 2010 Litigation Trends Survey " »
The time has come for us, the creators of the Socha-Gelbmann Electronic Discovery Survey provider rankings, to kill our rankings. We intend to replace those rankings with an improved way to assess providers and their capabilities.
Why are we killing the rankings? We believe our survey rankings have reached the point where they no longer serve their original purpose. When they are announced, we are told, they can affect the share prices of publically held companies. They can have an impact on the ability of providers to obtain financing. They can be a key factor, sometimes the most important factor, in determining which provider is selected to take on a project or deliver a software program.
No set of generalized rankings should have this type of influence. Not ours. Not anyone’s.
Continue reading "The Socha-Gelbmann Electronic Discovery Survey: Time for a Change" »
Update: The story's now live on the LTN website.
The anxiously awaited 2008 Socha-Gelbmann EDD Survey executive summary will be published in the August issue of Law Technology News, but here is a sneak preview to whet your appetite.
This year we gathered information from or about 107 EDD services and software providers, and from 29 law firms and 19 corporations. Using more than 350 qualitative and quantitative factors, we ranked those providers - top overall EDD services providers, top overall EDD software providers, and top EDD providers in various categories. Although one can, and perhaps should, take issue with the specific rankings, we feel that the providers listed below represent the best of the best, an elite cadre singled out from a field of well over 600 organizations that offer some form of EDD services or software.
Continue reading "2008 Socha-Gelbmann EDD Survey Sneak Preview" »
A story on Law.com entitled "Outbound
E-Mails Spell Inbound Legal Trouble for Corporations" points to a recent study from Proofpoint.com on how corporations are
concerned about the content of their outbound e-mail.
The study received responses from a total of 424 "IT decision makers" including
CIOs and IT directors from the US, UK, Germany, France and Australia.
Continue reading "Outbound E-mail = Inbound Issues" »
As mentioned below, during our visit with the Kroll Ontrack folks, they shared with us the results of their 2008 international survey of in-house counsel re: practices for managing ESI in lit and internal investigations.
The findings are very consistent with the warnings of EDD Update authors, especially Michael Arkfeld -- who has been hollering to lawyers that they really need to pay attention to all of this, or be prepared to pay a hefty price, literally and figuratively.
Key findings include:
* Only 25% of U.S. in-house counsel -- and 17% of U.K. in-house counsel -- say they are full current with ESI case law, developments and regs.
* About half of respondents in both countries have no ESI policy.
Continue reading "Survey Sez: Trouble (& Opportunity) Ahead " »