eDisovery Reviews used for potential Corporate Manslaughter case?

A rather interesting report by Bloomberg, BP Executives may be charged with manslaughter from the Gulf Oil Spill.  According to Bloomberg,  “investigators are scrutinizing e-mails and other documents to determine what BP officials and the company’s drilling partners knew when they testified before Congress.”  Document discovery is not new but since Enron we’re hearing more and more about it.  Usually convictions or rulings have resulted in fines. But, “prosecutors have been looking at charges of involuntary manslaughter or seaman’s manslaughter”.  meaning this situation may be the first highly visible manslaughter conviction of corporate executives done through eDiscovery.  About 18 months ago I hypostasized that a murder conviction could be concluded from eDiscovery.  That was seven months before the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  (On a side note New Orleans’s restaurant Drago’s still serves the best chargrilled oysters made with Gulf oysters.)

Will Iron Mountain be the First Content Cloud?

Mimosa Systems acquisition by Iron Mountain was an interesting surprise.  Interesting in that it brings the oldest records management company into the forefront of the latest in eDiscovery.  Iron Mountain was started in 1950 when an abandoned iron mine in Kentucky was used to store bank records and is now located in over 39 countries.  Mimosa Systems was started in 2005 focusing on eDiscovery.  But what does this acquisition mean? 

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Is eDiscovery Creating a Pandora’s Box?

Strange things happen when you put an attorney together with a self proclaimed computer nerd, especially when that computer nerd finds himself working in eDiscovery.  I’m not sure when this scenario started formulating in my head.  I was expecting those around me in the legal field to punch holes in this but instead I got possible validation with case law.  Even stranger still, I heard there may already be an existing case pending.

My scenario stems from the general corporate monitoring of email and ends in a lawsuit worth $100 of millions.  The case has nothing to do with product liability and everything to do with wrongful death.  It’s simply a case of murder.  And again, this is a work of fiction.

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EMC Embraces CEVA Strategy with CSC FirstDoc

A huge announcement was made today by EMC and CSC (Computer Sciences Corp) around the controlled and regulatory document space.  EMC is focusing on platform functionality for controlled documents while CSC will provide “the last mile” functionality to the end user.  This is a big shift for EMC who often competed with CSC FirstDoc (formerly First Consulting Group) on end user functionality.  In the ECM space this if the first significant market validation of a CEVA (Content Enabled Vertical Application). 

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SaaS Content Management – Don’t Forget the Prenup!

In a post from October Alan Pelz-Sharp lamented over the ECM SaaS Dilemma. While his points on technical integration issues are well founded – there is a dimension of the issue that API’s and architecture don’t directly address.

In ages past I was responsible for evaluating content management solutions for a Fortune 50. In the role I would often be approached by business units that had found a hosted content management or collaboration solution tailored to their specific business need. (hosted is what we used to call it – yes – I know the difference) Even armed with an enterprise license of Documentum and eRoom, it was difficult and often impossible to compete with point solutions marketed to very narrow business requirements.

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