January 2016 ●
How should e-discovery professionals
handle data in 2016?
AS THE YEAR comes to a close, changes in the discovery process
are occurring amid every facet of the legal profession. on dec. 10,
e-discovery software developer exterro announced the release
of its “2016 e-discovery Preparedness almanac,” an offering
aimed at helping e-discovery professionals navigate the ongoing
changes in their field.
Within the guide, readers will find predictions, tips and
suggested tools from e-discovery experts from different firms.
The topics covered in this offering are defensible deletion,
leveraging recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil
Procedures (FRCP), the evolving landscape of data, and reduced
exterro chief marketing officer Bill Piwonka says that the
impetus behind the guide’s creation was to provide perspective
from field experts and illustrate what they’re seeing, as well as
discover the advice they could impart for meeting the ongoing
challenges posed by e-discovery.
“i don’t think anyone would argue with the observation
that we are living in rapidly changing times from an
e-discovery perspective,” he says. “We’re all seeing
unabated growth in the volume of data being created.
The YeLP examPLe
How Amazon can win
battling fake reviews
AMAZON. COM INC. wanted to let
consumers know it isn’t going to
stand for fraudulent consumer
reviews on its website when it filed
two separate lawsuits this year. The
first was in april, and it targeted
companies selling fake reviews.
most recently, it filed a suit in
october that named more than
1,000 John doe defendants. The Seattle-based online retailer
claims the defendants all paid for services with Fiverr.com, an
online marketplace where individuals can pay $5 and up for tasks
such as writing, translation or design. as amazon points out,
though, it has become a forum where people can be paid to write
fake reviews, namely on amazon.com.
So could amazon win this legal battle? Yelp’s history
with these types of suits indicates that it’s possible. The
popular review website has taken action against “reputation
management” companies that flat out created fake reviews
on behalf of businesses for a fee. its most recent victory was in
germany in June after it sued a marketing portal called Your
Rate for accepting payment to post fake reviews. here in the
States, Yelp also prevailed in a lawsuit it filed back in 2013 against
Timothy Catron who allegedly ran websites called adBlaze.com
and Buy YelpReview.com.
another option for amazon, of course, is to settle outside of
court. That’s how automotive website edmunds.com handled its
consumer review litigation a couple of years back.
Little steps make big progress
Scott Gréaux, vice president of
product management, PhishMe
“Although threat actors have been using phishing to gain entry
to organizations for over 15 years, notoriety of phishing as an
avenue to attack organizations became mainstream after a very
public breach of security firm RSA’s SecurID product in 2011.”
steady transformation driven by cost-cutting mandates and
demands for accountability and profitability. While the legal
department was once viewed as a necessary cost center—with
its members enjoying a certain level of protected status—its
P&L statement now faces the same level of scrutiny from the
C-suite and the boardroom as other profit-centric divisions.”