March 2017 Industry News Round-Up

A monthly round-up of key industry news, useful publications, new cases, and other resources

Each month we collect the most important news and most useful resources we’ve found and share them here to help you separate the signal from the noise.  March 2017 has concluded with a strong signal from The Sedona Conference, which just released the Public Comment Version of a new edition of its flagship guidance document: The Sedona Principles, Third Edition: Best Practices, Recommendations & Principles for Addressing Electronic Document Production.  This new edition attempts to address the many changes in technology and rules since the last edition in 2007.  Major areas of revision include preservation, proportionality, and forms of production.

Here are the rest of March’s highlights:

Data Security Remains a Top Concern

March saw the EDRM standards organization (now part of the Duke Center for Judicial Studies) release its first tools related to data security: a security audit questionnaire to assist eDiscovery service consumers with evaluating the data security offered by their service providers.  Additionally, the ABA was in the news expanding its law firm insurance offerings to include a cybersinsurance policy option to cover losses and costs associated with law firm data breaches.

New Report on Corporate Legal Priorities

Legal event organizer Consero Group released a new “2017 Corporate Litigation Report” based on interviews with 52 corporate litigation chiefs.  Per the report, reducing legal spend is the top priority for 2017 for two-thirds of those interviewed.  The second most-voiced priority was data privacy and security issues, and the third was labor and employment matter management.

The AI Arms Race Continues Apace

Earlier this month, we discussed the growing race to invest in the acquisition and development of AI tools for legal services.  Here are three more announcements made since that post:

Three New eDiscovery Cases: Spoliation, Privilege, and a Wake-Up Call

The excellent Electronic Discovery Law Blog run by K&L Gates identified three new eDiscovery cases of interest during the month of March:

Advanced Discovery March Publications

And, finally, if you’ve not already reviewed them, here are the recent publications from Advanced Discovery:

Check back next month for our next industry news round-up

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