A Growing Concern? Budgetary Constraints and the Business of eDiscovery

In the summer of 2020, 56% of respondents viewed budgetary constraints as potentially having the greatest business impact on their business in the next six months. This percentage is the highest of all concerns represented in the survey and also is the highest rating for any business performance concern since the inception of the survey. This is also the eleventh time in nineteen surveys that the issue of budgetary constraints has been the top concern or tied for the top concern by survey respondents.

Context for Assertions? The Pulse Rate of Second Requests

Given the relatively small number of Second Request opportunities when compared to the traditional opportunities for eDiscovery in support of audits, investigations, and litigation, claims of expertise and experience in this unique type of discovery may be difficult to assess without the context of the actual numbers of Second Requests made annually by the FTC and DOJ. Many providers may assert experience in conducting the tasks required in Second Requests. However, a significantly fewer number of providers may actually have experience in conducting those tasks as part of an actual Second Request case or matter.

Five Great Reads on eDiscovery for July 2020

From business confidence and operational metrics to data protection and privacy updates, the July 2020 edition of the Five Great Reads on eDiscovery newsletter provides a selection of recent research, reports, and articles to update and inform legal, business, and information technology professionals in the eDiscovery ecosystem.

Got a Second (Request)? 42nd Hart-Scott-Rodino Report Released

The recently released 42nd Annual Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Report shares a 10-year summary of HSR transactions reported, second requests issued, and early terminations granted by the agencies, as well as a detailed statistical profile of transactions reported during fiscal year 2019. Enacted by Congress in 1976, the HSR Act gives the federal government the opportunity to investigate and challenge mergers that are likely to harm consumers before injury occurs. The Commission vote to issue the report was 4-0-1.

A Change in Tempo? eDiscovery Operational Metrics in the Summer of 2020

In the summer of 2020, 91 eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey participants chose to answer at least one of the optional business operational metric survey questions in the quarterly survey. 20.9% of survey respondents reported Days Sales Outstanding (DSO) as increasing in the summer of 2020. This is an incremental increase from the 19.3% reporting DSO as increasing in the spring of 2020 and is the highest percentage of respondents reporting DSO as increasing since the introduction of business operational metric questions to the eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey in the winter of 2019.

Connecting the Dots: Considering eDiscovery from Initiators to Ecosystem

From a macro perspective, connecting the dots in eDiscovery is to simply draw logical inferences from connecting items of information to reveal something previously hidden or unknown. The provided non-comprehensive graphical depiction may be helpful in considering and connecting the dots during planning, forecasting, and sharing activities regarding the discipline of eDiscovery. 

A 2020 Assessment: The Chambers Litigation Support Guide and eDiscovery

Chambers Litigation Support 2020 is a comprehensive guide to the leading professional services providers in key markets worldwide. In the area of eDiscovery, the guide, published by the world’s leading provider of legal research and analysis, Chambers and Partners, highlights nineteen leading firms and nine leading individuals supporting the USA and fourteen leading providers supporting the UK.

Nineteen and Nine: The 2020 Chambers Litigation Support Guide

The 2020 Chambers Litigation Support Guide is a comprehensive guide to the leading professional services providers in key markets worldwide. Compiled annually by Chambers and Partners, this year’s guide recognizes nineteen U.S. eDiscovery litigation support providers and nine U.S. eDiscovery lawyers.

A Summer Treat for the eDiscovery Ecosystem? AWS Announces General Availability of AWS Snowcone

“Thousands of our customers have found AWS Snowball devices to be ideal for collecting data and running applications in remote and harsh environments. Since 2015, customer use of Snowball devices has greatly increased, as has their need for an even smaller device with even greater portability,” said Bill Vass, VP of Storage, Automation and Management Services, AWS. “With more applications running at the edge for an expanding range of use cases, like analyzing IoT sensor data and machine learning inference, AWS Snowcone makes it easier to collect, store, pre-process, and transfer data from harsh environments with limited space to AWS for more intensive processing.”

eDiscovery Mergers, Acquisitions, and Investments in 2020

Since beginning to track the number of publicly highlighted merger, acquisition,...

Relativity Acquires VerQu

According to Relativity CEO Mike Gamson, "It's imperative that the legal...

eDiscovery Mergers, Acquisitions, and Investments in Q4 2020

From Nuix and DISCO to Exterro and AccessData, the following findings,...

DISCO Closes Funding Round of $100 Million

According to DISCO CEO Kiwi Camara, “Legaltech is booming now, and...

A New Era in eDiscovery? Framing Market Growth Through the Lens of Six Eras

There are many excellent resources for considering chronological and historiographical approaches...

An eDiscovery Market Size Mashup: 2020-2025 Worldwide Software and Services Overview

While the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) for worldwide eDiscovery software...

Resetting the Baseline? eDiscovery Market Size Adjustments for 2020

An unanticipated pandemeconomic-driven retraction in eDiscovery spending during 2020 has resulted...

Home or Away? New eDiscovery Collection Market Sizing and Pricing Considerations

One of the key home (onsite) or away (remote) decisions that...

Five Great Reads on eDiscovery for January 2021

From eDiscovery business confidence and operational metrics to merger and acquisition...

Five Great Reads on eDiscovery for December 2020

May the peace and joy of the holiday season be with...

Five Great Reads on eDiscovery for November 2020

From market sizing and cyber law to industry investments and customer...

Five Great Reads on eDiscovery for October 2020

From business confidence and captive ALSPs to digital republics and mass...

Only a Matter of Time? HaystackID Launches New Service for Data Breach Discovery and Review

According to HaystackID's Chief Innovation Officer and President of Global Investigations,...

It’s a Match! Focusing on the Total Cost of eDiscovery Review with ReviewRight Match

As a leader in remote legal document review, HaystackID provides clients...

From Proactive Detection to Data Breach Reviews: Sensitive Data Discovery and Extraction with Ascema

A steady rise in the number of sensitive data discovery requirements...

A Running List: Top 100+ eDiscovery Providers

Based on a compilation of research from analyst firms and industry...

Not So Outstanding? eDiscovery Operational Metrics in the Winter of 2021

In the winter of 2021, eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey more...

A Lifting of the Fog? Winter 2021 eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey Results

This is the twenty-first quarterly eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey conducted by...

High Five? An Aggregate Overview of Five Semi-Annual eDiscovery Pricing Surveys

As we are in the midst of a pandemic that has...

Balancing Relevance and Reality? Winter 2021 eDiscovery Pricing Survey Results

Based on the complexity of data and legal discovery, it is...