Legal Tech Blog

Archive for the ‘Tips and Tricks’ Category

Sony Data Breach Fallout and Lessons

Posted on: December 19th, 2014 by Matthew Clover

The FBI has concluded that the North Korean government was behind the Sony data breach that exposed embarrassing emails that have harmed the reputations of the company and its executives, forced the cancellation of the release of the “The Interview” amid terrorist threats, and put thousands of employees’ private information at risk.  This latest breach should cause IT professionals and business owners to review their privacy and security protocols and address weaknesses, and it should serve as a reminder that, while there will always be significant risk, there are some steps we can all take to be more secure online. Read more…

Issues with Password Protected Word Files in Documents and Goodreader

Posted on: September 19th, 2013 by Matthew Clover

In Securing Confidential Information on the iPad Part Two I recommended both Documents by Readdle and Goodreader for organizing your files securely on an iPad, as well as accessing documents without an internet connection. A very helpful reader recently informed me that they couldn’t open password protected Word files that they had moved to Documents on their iPad. They received an error, and wanted to know if I had any thoughts on the matter. While I tried a few things, I was not able to successfully open a password protected Word file either. Password protected PDF files worked without a hitch, but not Word files. Read more…

E-Discovery Sifting Through the Electronic Era

Posted on: May 6th, 2013 by Angel Falconer and Josh Ross

The following article originally appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of Trial Lawyer magazine, the quarterly journal of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.

Although electronic discovery has been a regular part of litigation for many years, dealing with the many facets of identifying, collecting, managing, storing, requesting and producing electronically stored information (ESI) remains a daunting task. Frankly, it can be a headache. Over the past decade, the increased focus on electronic discovery has created a morass of disputes, costs and stresses for litigators and their clients.  Adequately dealing with discovery of ESI requires a careful balance of competing interests: the need to fully investigate and uncover all potential evidence, and the desire to work efficiently and cost-effectively without bankrupting your client.

Despite volumes of articles, commentaries and blogs written on e-discovery – not to mention legal opinions – some lawyers choose to ignore it.  For example, we represented a plaintiff in an accounting malpractice case a few years ago. The defendant produced key memoranda that we suspected were modified prior to production in litigation. To find out, we served a supplemental request for those documents in native format, including metadata showing when the documents were created, revised and printed. The opposing counsel’s written response read, in part: The request “is unduly burdensome and vague. We do not know what it means, or what a response would look like.”  Read more…

Removing the PDF/A attribute

Posted on: January 30th, 2013 by Matthew Clover

Here at Stoll Berne we use Westlaw CaseLogistix as our e-discovery review platform, and Westlaw CaseProduction as our e-discovery production platform. These products work well most of the time, and Westlaw CaseLogistix is one of the easiest review platforms to use, especially if you need to do reviews of native documents. So, what does this have to do with PDFs and PDF/A documents specifically? Well, in order to do redactions, get an accurate page count, and to produce any documents out of Westlaw CaseLogistix, you must first create what is called a markup. This is essentially a PDF image of the native document that sits in the same folder as the native document, with a unique filename. The exception to the creation of an additional markup document is when the native is already a PDF. However, if the native PDF has certain properties, Westlaw CaseLogistix will fail to recognize it as a markup.

Read more…

Legal Disclaimer

The information contained in this blog does not constitute legal advice, and does not create an attorney-client relationship. We make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to this blog.

About this blog

The goal of this blog is to provide a forum for discussing issues related to technology used in law firm and case management, and share information about CLEs, legal opinions, articles and products that may interest Oregon practitioners in the area of e-discovery.

About the author

  • Matthew Clover

  • Matthew Clover
  • Matthew Clover has been the IT Administrator at Stoll Berne since 2008. He supports attorneys, paralegals, and clients with the technology side of litigation. Matthew has a broad range of experience with legal industry technology, as well as more widely used technologies. He helps manage Stoll Berne's in-house e-discovery systems and has significant experience advising attorneys on the collection and management of electronic discovery and the use of trial software. Matthew also supports the firm's overall network, mobile, and applications infrastructure.
Follow stollberne on Twitter

Subscribe to this blog