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  • Maureen O'Neill
    by Maureen O'Neill
    April 30, 2015

    Dear Mr. Speaker and Mr. President—The Supreme Court Submits to Congress the Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

    In several prior posts here on the DiscoverReady blog, we presented analysis and updates regarding the slate of proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Yesterday those amendments came one step closer to implementation, when the Supreme Court issued an order adopting them and transmitting them to Congress.

  • Maureen O'Neill
    by Maureen O'Neill
    April 18, 2015

    Magistrate Judge Peck’s Order in Rio Tinto: A Fresh Look at Predictive Coding

    Last month in Rio Tinto PLC v. Vale S.A., Magistrate Judge Peck issued another order regarding the use of predictive coding (a.k.a technology assisted review, or TAR). Judge Peck’s titling of the order was “Da Silva Moore Revisited”, to signal the importance of the Rio Tinto case in eDiscovery practice.

  • Maureen O'Neill
    by Maureen O'Neill
    March 28, 2015

    How to Go Where Angels Fear to Tread: Best Practices for Developing and Negotiating Keyword Search Terms

    In United States v. O’Keefe, former U.S. Magistrate Judge John Facciola tackled the subject of using keyword search terms to help identify relevant documents for production in discovery. Observing that the proper use of search terms in ediscovery involves “the sciences of computer technology, statistics and linguistics,” the Judge offered the now famous quip that, for lawyers and judges to opine on the effectiveness of a given set of search terms “is truly to go where angels fear to tread.”

  • Maureen O'Neill
    by Maureen O'Neill
    March 17, 2015

    May the Luck of the Irish be With You (and Your TAR).

    Just in time for a St. Patrick’s Day eDiscovery blog post, earlier this month the High Court in Dublin issued an order approving the use of technology assisted review (TAR). In Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Ltd. v. Sean Quinn, Justice Fullam found that “technology assisted review using predictive coding discharges a party’s discovery obligations” under the applicable Supreme Court rule, Rule O.31 r.12.

  • Maureen O'Neill
    by Maureen O'Neill
    February 20, 2015

    Beware the Public Wi-Fi

    One of the topics I speak about frequently is Ethics in e-Discovery, ethical duties to maintain the confidentiality of client information. Many attorneys and legal professionals I speak to are startled to learn that using a free public Wi-Fi service carries a high risk that private information will be breached. If you use free public WiFi then continue reading on the topic of Ethics in e-Discovery.

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