Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I am sure I could create a special rule warning one on sending such kinds of emails, and add it to most email clients. Anybody wants to take me up on that?
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Sometimes, commercial carriers are perfectly adequate to transport evidence, but occasionally greater security is warranted. Computer forensics expert and Sensei Enterprises President Sharon Nelson says that FedEx is often sufficient for transporting e-discovery materials, since they require a signature on each end and record the time and date of receipt. However, Nelson has seen many more "hands-on" approaches to bringing in the data.
"A lot of our clients won't go through FedEx," Nelson says. "We have had famous people show up personally with armed guards, carrying their CPU towers in their hands. Or they sometimes send a lawyer, a trusted agent or an employee to bring it in. Once it's in our care, we're responsible for it -- we image the drive and return it to the representative." Other highly secure transportation alternatives include armored car transport and bonded messengers.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
"Tom O'Connor, a litigation support consultant and director of the Legal Electronic Document Institute in Seattle, says that the No. 1 request for e-discovery that he's seeing in Washington state is for divorce cases, not criminal ones. Investigators confiscate and search laptops and home computers for proof of adulterous affairs, hidden financial assets and the like -- a far cry from the notorious bloody glove in the O.J. case."
I remember a divorce lawyer, a friend of mine, telling me that "my clients only want to discover the other party's checkbook", only a year ago. It seems this has changed lot.
Monday, October 22, 2007
The fourth annual "Litigation Trends Survey Findings" conducted by Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P, a global law firm based in Austin, Texas, found that corporate lawyers -- over two-thirds based in the United States and the rest mainly in Britain -- cited a big jump in use of outside vendors and outside law firms specializing in the e-discovery field. The industry sectors primarily represented are financial services, technology/communications, manufacturing, healthcare, energy and retail.