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Parties “Do Not Get to Select What Evidence They Want to Produce, or From What Sources”   Are you preserving all of the electronically stored information (ESI) that’s relevant to your litigation matters? What about information that only exists online, like social media comments, website text, or blog posts? If not, you might be spoliating discoverable information—and the burden is on you to preserve that ESI, regardless of whether your opponent has specifically requested it.…
In every complex venture, there’s an unsung hero who’s standing outside the limelight but keeping all the parts moving smoothly. We’re talking about the ediscovery manager who ensures that every case goes off without a hitch. The office administrator who keeps the office stocked and the printers running on a shoestring budget. Or perhaps your brother, who orchestrated the latest family reunion to ensure that everyone was fed, housed, and entertained to their satisfaction—and who…
This month I had the distinct pleasure to interview Dan Spaide. It’s fitting that such a nice family guy lives near the city of brotherly love, and he brings that concern for community to the work he does for Hanzo.   Tell me about your role at Hanzo? Dan: I am the Partner Manager for Hanzo. It is my great privilege to manage the Hanzo Partner Program and cultivate relationships with complementary technologies and service…
We’re just past the midpoint of the year, and all across the U.S., people are taking vacations, heading out on road trips, cooling off at the pool, or barbequing with friends and relatives. Physically stepping out of the office affords the perfect opportunity to metaphorically step back and take stock. Are we working on the right things? Are we spending time and effort where it matters? What could we be doing better? Ediscovery professionals making…
In our previous blog post about multidistrict litigation (MDL), we discussed the problem of identifying meritless claims and how social media evidence can help counsel identify those claims. But what happens next? After the universe of suitable claims has been determined, how do litigants and courts decide what to do with those consolidated cases? Should they be tried? Settled? Dismissed out of hand? The point of MDL is to bring “civil actions involving one…
Can you feel the beat? Hanzo’s Software Engineer Emily Whetter thrives at a fast pace and leads a software team that is creating innovative solutions for legal professionals to leverage the internet as a frontier for discovery. Tell me about your role at Hanzo?   Emily: I am a software engineer team lead for Hanzo Dynamic Investigator, a product that allows you to sift through social media posts, online web forums and immense volumes…
Social media—from Facebook and Twitter to Instagram, LinkedIn, Reddit, YouTube, and more—has become the place where people go to find their tribe. Whatever their shared passion, from the pedestrian to the offbeat to the outright wacky, online communities provide a relatively safe space for like-minded people to obsess over it. But not all interests are benign, and these online groups often turn into echo chambers, reinforcing and amplifying their participants’ beliefs. Shielded by distance and…
  In this case study, we explore how Hanzo customer, eDPM Advisory Services helped their customer with preserving, collecting, producing, and presenting information from novel and challenging data sources to strengthen their case.   Location: New York, NY Services: Expert advisory services, professional project management and process improvement services, training, technology and operational assessments centered around e-discovery, information governance, project management, matter management and legal technology support. Website: www.edpmadvisory.com Preserving, collecting, producing, and presenting information…
We’ve written about Elon Musk and his tweets before—but even after his sometimes rash online statements have caused problems for himself and his company, Tesla, he nonetheless keeps on tweeting on. And while that behavior might be problematic for his businesses, for the rest of us, it makes for a great example of what companies can learn from analyzing social media posts. Musk Continues to Be Active on Twitter The Wall Street Journal recently put…
You know what’s helpful when you’re trying to keep a multimillion-dollar international bribery scheme going? A bachelor’s degree in finance. And, if the allegations against Omar Ambuila and his family are true, he figured out how to get his daughter, Jenny, that degree—using funds from his bribery scheme. You know what’s not so helpful? A penchant for oversharing everything you’ve bought—hundreds of thousands of dollars in designer clothes, jewelry, and bags, not to mention fancy…