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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…
Look out Will Shortz, there is a new type of puzzle master on the scene. Although, the puzzle master I interviewed is not developing crosswords for the New York Times or to confound even the most astute puzzle aficionados on NPR’s Sunday Puzzle. Hanzo’s Data Scientist, Aidan Randle – Conde is an innovative problem solver who uses data from the ultimate puzzle, the world wide web, and pieces it together to uncover the…
Archiving your organization’s website is like doing a home improvement project; both are prone to the DIY effect and sometimes the results are disastrous.  We’ve seen it happen countless times: a financial services company knows it needs to archive its website, but it also knows that it has an IT department. Why not just have IT archive the website in-house? How hard could it really be? The answer—just like with projects around the house—is usually “harder…
Can social media posts and data be used as evidence in a compliance investigation? Is it possible to leverage artificial intelligence to identify the right information relevant to an open case among the massive volume of content online? The answer to both questions is yes, and in a new five-part podcast series with Tom Fox, the Compliance Evangelist, we talk about these topics at length from regulatory, technical, and operational perspectives. Written excerpts from all…
Compliance teams and the investigations specialists within them are facing a tremendous logistical and technical challenge. Whistleblowing and internal hotline reporting volumes are at an all-time high, creating an influx of complex investigations involving employees, suppliers, and third parties. To manage these reports of misconduct, unethical behavior, and illegal business practices effectively, organizations must promptly and thoroughly investigate and substantiate claims and remedy any underlying issues. This isn’t just true of an organization’s own expectations for…