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January 24, 2013

Conference on E-Discovery for Small to Medium Cases

The University of Florida Levin College of Law and EDRM are offering a new e-discovery conference, "Electronic Discovery for the Small and Medium Case," to be held on April 4-5, 2013. The conference will take place at the UF Law campus in Gainesville, Fla., and will also be available as a live, online stream. For more information, go to

January 18, 2013

Law Firm Technologists Debate Best EDD Whereabouts

Question_news400There's a debate flaring up on the Law Technology News homepage today — should your law firm insource its e-discovery, so you can control everything, or outsource it, so the administration is someone else's hassle?

In our top story, "6 Reasons to Insource Litigation Support," two Reed Smith technology leaders argue for insourcing. "For some firms, outsourcing these services is absolutely the correct answer. However, for many firms (like Reed Smith), keeping select litigation support services in-house, aka insourcing, can provide substantial benefits and cost savings to corporate clients," wrote Bryon Bratcher, senior manager of litigation support, and Tom Baldwin, chief knowledge officer.

"While the creation of a team of highly trained staff and the investment in technology may not be for some firms, the evidence clearly shows that many firms are not only continuing to in-source, but are ramping up their investments in technology and people," they concluded.

But in our second story, "LegalTech Rookies Focus on Court Technology and Legal Research," Jackson Walker's Duane Lites shared a different perspective. Lites, director of litigation support, said his goal at LegalTech this month is to narrow his shopping list for hosted e-discovery services.

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January 15, 2013

Audio Recording of EDI-Oracle Study Training Session

Just a quick update to answer questions about Friday's training session. EDI will release the audio recording some time later this evening. Please remember, that the recording is subject to commitments outlined in the NDA, Agreement, and Confidentiality Agreement with Oracle and its outside counsel.

January 14, 2013

1.6 Million Documents Released: EDI-Oracle Study Updates

File_cabinet_tower400As many of you know, EDI has been working on its second computer-assisted review (CAR) study, comparing the results of an actual document review in a real litigation to CAR providers.

After almost two years of planning, last week the EDI Oracle Study team released the entire dataset of over 1.6 million docs to the first wave of participants. Top performers stand to gain Oracle’s e-discovery business. A link to the press release about the data is attached to this post.

Download EDI Oracle Study Press Release Jan 8

On Friday, January 11, 2013, the team had its first training call with outside counsel. Over 60 representatives from the participants dialed in. The goal of the training was to familiarize participants with the legal issues surrounding the matter. The original complaint was filed under seal — but we are working on what we can discuss in public.

Prior to and during the call participants submitted dozens of questions about the matter — mostly focused on the data load and technical issues. The EDI and Oracle team are working diligently on what we thought the technical team would be able to answer by today, but it is looking like we will respond to technical questions on Wednesday 1/16/2013.

I will post weekly with updates on the status of the study here on EDD Update. I will Tweet from @patrickoot and post on LinkedIn when I make the updates.

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January 07, 2013

Remanded 'Rambus' Returns to Dismissal Sanction

Shred_me400The hangover from Rambus "shredding party" in the the late 1990s continues for the manufacturer and patentee of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

As reported by Jan Wolfe in Law Technology News' sibling publication The Am Law Litigation Daily, Judge Sue Robinson "tossed a patent case Rambus brought against Micron Technologies Inc. more than a decade ago, concluding that the company deliberately destroyed evidence ahead of its litigation campaign." Mark this as a flashback for Rambus: as Wolfe notes, Robinson four years earlier made the same ruling, reversed by the Federal Circuit in 2011 finding further explanation was warranted due to the severity of the sanction.

Rambus sued Micron for patent infringement of its technology to speed computer memory as a counterclaim to a suit filed by Micron August 28, 2000, seeking decalaratory judgment for non-infringement on the grounds that Rambus' patents were unenforceable and invalid. According to the opinion, Micron's suit was filed in reaction to an email from Rambus CEO Geoff Tate to Micron chief Steve Appleton threatening litigation.

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