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    Activity Patterns for eDiscovery Mergers, Acquisitions, and Investments (2001-2017)

    Activity Patterns for eDiscovery Mergers, Acquisitions, and Investments (2001-2017)

    Since beginning to track the number of publicly highlighted merger, acquisition, and investment (M&A+I) events in the eDiscovery ecosystem, ComplexDiscovery has noted more than 300 M&A+I events between November 2001 and today. The following article highlights the pattern of these activities on an annual and monthly basis.

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    An Abridged Look at the Business of eDiscovery: Mergers, Acquisitions, and Investments

    An Abridged Look at the Business of eDiscovery: Mergers, Acquisitions, and Investments

    The presented listing highlights key industry business moves by sharing the announcement date, acquired company, acquiring or investing company, and acquisition amount (if known) of significant eDiscovery-related mergers, acquisitions, and investments.

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    A Running List: Top 100+ eDiscovery Providers

    A Running List: Top 100+ eDiscovery Providers

    Based on a compilation of research from analyst firms and industry expert reports in the electronic discovery arena, the following “Top 100+Provider” list provides a short listing that may be useful in the consideration of eDiscovery providers. This listing is taken primarily from eDiscovery provider mentions in selected key formal industry reports and surveys published between August 2011 and today.

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    Validated Market Opportunities for 2017: SaaS-based Legal and Data Discovery Automation

    Validated Market Opportunities for 2017: SaaS-based Legal and Data Discovery Automation

    In 2017, the challenge for technology providers in the legal and data discovery spaces appears to be less about defining offering requirements and validating market needs and more about developing and delivering solutions that focus on specific tasks and processes that streamline the discovery of data and the conduct of eDiscovery.

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    A Concise Framework for Discovery Automation

    A Concise Framework for Discovery Automation

    One of the biggest challenges facing information, business, and legal professionals is the ability to cohesively consider the elements of data discovery and legal discovery within a technology framework that is comprehensive enough to address critical discovery tasks throughout information and legal lifecycles yet concise enough to be realistically approached from an automation perspective.

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    German Parliament Enacts Wide-ranging Surveillance Powers Allowing End User Devices to Be Hacked by Authorities


    Extract from article by Christoph Nüßing and Philip Radanski

    On June 22, 2017, the German Parliament passed a bill that, among other things, awards extensive surveillance powers to law enforcement authorities. The new law, once in force, will allow law enforcement to covertly install software on end user devices allowing the interception of ongoing communications via Internet services such as WhatsApp or Skype. These new measures may be used for investigating a wide array of crimes (the “Catalog Crimes”), which are classified as “severe” but range from murder to sports betting fraud to everything in between.

    Copy of the Draft Resolution and Report (German Bundestag)

    Surveillance-Powers-Act

    Click here to read the translation into English.

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    Research and Runners: A Short Listing of eDiscovery Reports and Providers

    Editor’s Note: This post highlights a running listing of vendor-centric research reports and eDiscovery providers as highlighted on the ComplexDiscovery blog. The listings are not all inclusive of either research reports or capable eDiscovery providers but shared to provide a starting point for individuals and organizations seeking to understand potential providers of eDiscovery-related software and services.

    Based on a compilation of research from analyst firms and industry expert reports in the electronic discovery arena, the following eDiscovery report listing and “Top 100+Provider” listing provide reference points that may be useful in the consideration of eDiscovery providers.

    The listings are based on eDiscovery provider mentions in selected industry reports, surveys, and news stories published between August 2011 and today.

    Reports considered in the compilation include:

    • Privacy Shield Framework – Active Participant Listing – U.S. Department of Commerce, May 2017.
    • eDisclosure Systems – Buyer’s Guide – 2017 Edition – April 2017.
    • IDC MarketScape: Worldwide eDiscovery Services 2017 Vendor Assessment, IDC, March 2017.
    • 3rd Annual E-Discovery Unfiltered Survey of Legal Technology Vendors and Trends, Ari Kaplan Advisors, March 2017.
    • KMWorld 100 Companies That Matter in Knowledge Management, March 2017.
    • Best eDiscovery Software G2 Crowd Grid, G2 Crowd, January 2017.
    • KMWorld Trend-Setting Products of 2016, September 2016.
    • Market Guide for E-Discovery Solutions, Gartner, June 2016.
    • Reinvesting in the eDiscovery Cycles: Modern eDiscovery Platforms, Blue Hill Research, June 2016.
    • Allvision (with Legal IT Insider):  eDisclosure Systems – Buyer’s Guide – 2016 Edition – February 2016.
    • E-Discovery Market, 2015-2019, Radicati Group, October 2015.
    • E-Discovery Market Quadrant, 2015, Radicati Group, October 2015
    • Critical Capabilities for E-Discovery Software, Gartner, October 2015.
    • Market Analysis Perspective: Worldwide eDiscovery, IDC, September 2015.
    • Magic Quadrant for E-Discovery Software, Gartner, May 2015.
    • Allvision (with Legal IT Insider):  eDisclosure Systems – Buyer’s Guide – 2015 Edition – February 2015.
    • eDiscovery – Market Quadrant for 2014, Radicati Group, November 2014
    • Analytical Legal Technologies in 2014, Beyond Predictive Coding’s TARpit, 451 Research, October 2014.
    • Magic Quadrant for E-Discovery Software, Gartner, June 2014.
    • Allvision (with Legal IT Insider):  eDisclosure Systems – Buyer’s Guide – 2014 Edition – February 2014. (UK Centric)
    • eDiscovery Market 2013-2017, Radicati Group, November 2013.
    • Magic Quadrant for E-Discovery Software, Gartner, June 2013.
    • 451 Research:  E-Discovery and E-Disclosure 2013 – March 2013. (US Centric)
    • Allvision (with Legal IT Insider):  eDisclosure Systems – Buyer’s Guide – 2013 Edition – March 2013. (UK Centric)
    • Got Technology-Assisted Review: A Short List of Providers and Terms – January 2013 (Updated)
    • 2012 Q4 Market Update Report, eDJ Group, December 2012.
    • 2012 eDiscovery Early Case Assessment Software Buyer’s Guide, DCIG, July 2012.
    • Assisted Review Technologies: eDiscovery’s ‘Brave New World’ of Predictive Coding and TAR, 451 Research, July 2012.
    • Magic Quadrant for E-Discovery Software, Gartner, May 2012.
    • The Future of Review: E-Discovery Market Landscape Report, ESG, December 2011.
    • IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Standalone Early Case Assessment Applications 2011 Vendor Analysis, IDC, September 2011.
    • E-Discovery and E-Disclosure – 2011, The 451 Group, August 2011.
    • Selected Company Interviews and Reviews – @ComplexD – August 2011 – Today.

    Review the running listing of eDiscovery providers at A Running List: Top 100+ eDiscovery Providers

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    New York Federal Judge Declines to Enforce Employee Non-Solicit Clause


    Extract from article by Peter L. Alteiri

    In a very thorough analysis following a 3 day Preliminary Injunction hearing Judge Jed Rakoff declined to issue injunctive relief to a former employer seeking to enjoin four former employees and their new employer from competing or from soliciting clients or employees. The decision is far ranging in the employee movement context touching upon inadvertent retention of confidential information, the propriety of new employers providing broad indemnifications and large signing bonuses to the recruits, and the scope of allowable “preparatory conduct” in a one year non-compete period, among other issues presented in the context of a group of employees in the eDiscovery services space collectively on the move.

    July 5, 2017, Opinion from Judge Jed S. Rakoff

    Opinion (Jed S. Rakoff, U.S.D.J.) July 5, 2017)

    Read the complete article at New York Federal Judge Declines to Enforce Employee Non-Solicit Clause

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    German Parliament Enacts Wide-ranging Surveillance Powers Allowing End User Devices to Be Hacked by Authorities
    German Parliament Enacts Wide-ranging Surveillance Powers Allowing End User Devices to Be Hacked by Authorities

    On June 22, 2017, the German Parliament passed a bill that, among other things, awards extensive s…

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    Packaged Services: An Underutilized Approach To Growing Revenue
    Packaged Services: An Underutilized Approach To Growing Revenue

    Packaged services may help legal technology providers bridge the gap between traditional hourly cons…

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    Five Great Reads on Information Governance and eDiscovery: From Dachau to Data Privacy
    Five Great Reads on Information Governance and eDiscovery: From Dachau to Data Privacy

    This edition of the newsletter highlights five key posts on information governance and electronic di…

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