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Birth of a Messenger

Posted by Stephen Ehrlich on January 7, 2020

A year or so ago, we were presented with a problem.  One of our corporate clients had engaged with a contract attorney company for document review.  A month or so into the matter, it was determined that the contract attorneys were utilizing personal email accounts to communicate with each other about the case.  That sounded pretty horrible and insecure to everyone who knew about it.  Lack of a better option inspired the client to create some external mailboxes and allow them to be used by the contract attorneys. 

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Topics: Relativity Hosting, eDiscovery, Data Security

Integrating Your Records Retrieval Experience

Posted by Stephen Ehrlich on April 24, 2019

Most record retrieval service providers in the U.S. currently have web portals that can be used for things like ordering records, downloading records and checking status at a basic level. Some of them have their own in-house, developed portals; some use the popular MR software, which is as close to off-the-shelf record retrieval software as you can get.

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Topics: Records, Managed Services

10 “Must Do” Steps When Retrieving IRS Records

Posted by David Bean on March 15, 2019

If you are working on a case that requires retrieving records from a government agency such as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), it’s critical to follow their specific requirements or you’ll see costly delays. In our experience, we’ve learned the following 10 steps are critical:

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Topics: Records, eDiscovery

Active Learning from Relativity Brings eDiscovery Into the AI Era

Posted by Stephen Ehrlich on January 7, 2019

Document review has come a long way since the days of sitting in warehouses surrounded by mountains of boxes. The advent of eDiscovery harnessed the power of technology to allow attorneys to review documents more thoroughly and efficiently via online document review platforms like Relativity. Now, Relativity has changed the game once again, using the power of AI and machine learning to truly bring document review into the digital age with the introduction of a powerful new application called Active Learning.

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Topics: eDiscovery, Artificial Intelligence

How Social Media Is Changing the Face of eDiscovery

Posted by Stephen Ehrlich on December 18, 2018

For better or for worse, social media has deeply embedded itself into our day-to-day lives. Beyond being merely a distraction or a way to keep in contact with friends and family, social media has evolved into a legitimate business and marketing tool for companies in nearly all industries. Given its widespread presence in both our business and personal lives, it should come as no surprise that social media has become a hot issue in litigation and eDiscovery. Most parties to today’s legal matters produce social media content that could be a source of potentially relevant information for litigation.

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Topics: eDiscovery

My Relativity Fest Experience

Posted by Stephen Ehrlich on October 25, 2018

From the mariachi band to morning mimosas at the Innovation Awards, Relativity Fest was a sight to see and experience. My initial goals for the Fest were simple: immerse myself in the technology, gain a better perspective into how other Relativity partners were gearing up for the cloud changes and try to understand how to best position MCS for the future in a cloud-based eDiscovery world.

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Topics: eDiscovery

E-Discovery Tools - ShareFile - Part 3 in a 3 Part Series

Posted by Stephen Ehrlich on September 17, 2018

Part 3 of our three-part series on litigation support tools focuses on ShareFile, a secure, cloud-based content collaboration platform. ShareFile is such a robust and customizable solution that there are hundreds of ways professionals in the legal industry employ it. One of the most common uses is during the discovery phase of litigation when all information must be shared with counsel on both sides. The data may include production data, videos, recordings, photos or contracts. The sizes of these files can go to the tens of hundreds of gigabytes. ShareFile enables users to easily manage and share this data.

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Topics: eDiscovery

ILTACON 2018 Wrap-up

Posted by Stephen Ehrlich on September 4, 2018

I was excited to go to ILTACON this year, especially given that I hadn’t been in a couple years. I planned to spend my time attending sessions, networking with other participants on new technology in the marketplace and going to some meetings with the media in attendance.

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Topics: eDiscovery

Utilizing Digital X-rays to Enhance Your Medical Records Review

Posted by Stephen Ehrlich on August 13, 2018

Medical records are integral to many types of legal cases, from personal injury lawsuits to complex class actions. While retrieving traditional medical records and files is often a rather straightforward process, sophisticated scans like X-rays and MRIs can add unforeseen complications and slow down your case.

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E-Discovery Tools – AbleBits: Excel Add-In – Part 2 in a 3 Part Series

Posted by Stephen Ehrlich on July 2, 2018

Part 2 of our three-part series on litigation support tools expands on the commonly used Microsoft Excel. I know all of you MS Access fans out there are very comfortable moving data in and out of your databases, but Excel has certainly come a long way over the last 5 or 10 years, and the add-in by AbleBits puts Excel into another stratosphere as it relates to manipulating data in the litigation support world.

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Topics: eDiscovery