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Bob Ambrogi

About Bob Ambrogi

A lawyer and veteran legal journalist, Bob advises Catalyst on strategic communications and marketing matters. He is also a practicing lawyer in Massachusetts and is the former editor-in-chief of The National Law Journal, Lawyers USA and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. A fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, he also writes the blog LawSites.

Infographic: A TAR is Born: The Making of a Superstar

Infographic_A_TAR_is_BornE-discovery review has come a long way in a short time. Not long ago, manual, linear review was the norm. Then came keyword search, which helped increase efficiency but was imperfect in its results. Technology-assisted review was a great leap forward, but early TAR 1.0 versions were rigid and slow. Only with the arrival of TAR 2.0 and Continuous Active Learning did TAR finally save the day for e-discovery.

The brief history of how TAR evolved is depicted in a new Catalyst infographic, A TAR is Born: The Making of a Superstar.  See how e-discovery review matured from a demanding infant to a Ph.D. in savings. After you check out the infographic, read much more about TAR in Catalyst’s free e-book, TAR for Smart People.

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Case Study Details How a Major Bank Used Catalyst’s Insight Predict to Cut Its Production Review by 94%

In his 2015 opinion in Rio Tinto PLC v. Vale SA, Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck extolled the benefits of technology assisted review using Continuous Active Learning. In particular, he noted that CAL reduces or even eliminates the need for the rigid seed set required by older TAR methods.

CAL’s flexibility on seed sets was illustrated in a case where a large banking institution alleged it lost millions due to a borrower’s accounting fraud. In response to the borrower’s production request, the bank faced review of 2.1 million documents, even after culling. With neither the time nor budget to review them all, the bank turned to Catalyst’s Insight Predict, the first commercial TAR engine to use CAL. Predict cut the review by 94%.

Read the case study to see how it was done >>

Insight Predict Named New Product of the Year At 2015 LTN Innovation Awards

Legaltech West Innovation Award - Catalyst Insight

Erin Harrison, editor-in-chief, Legaltech News; John Tredennick, founder and CEO, Catalyst; Jeremy Pickens, senior applied research scientist, Catalyst; and Tom Larranaga, publisher, Legaltech News, at the awards ceremony.

We are thrilled to announce that at a ceremony last night in San Francisco, Legaltech News named Insight Predict—Catalyst’s next-generation technology assisted review (TAR) product—as the winner in the New Product of the Year category of the Legaltech News Innovation Awards.

The award was announced at a special event at the City Club of San Francisco at the close of Legaltech West Coast.

The LTN Innovation Awards recognize the best legal technology leaders, products and projects in the legal community. Award winners were chosen by a panel of judges consisting of members of Legaltech News’ editorial staff. In addition to recognizing law department and law firm leaders, LTN presented awards to 20 vendors and services providers across a variety of categories.

With the February 2015 release of Catalyst’s Active Review functionality within Insight Predict, Catalyst became the first to integrate continuous active learning (CAL) technology—the next generation of TAR—directly into the review process. Active Review eliminates the traditional separation between linear review and TAR by combining them in a single, integrated workflow. Continue reading

Another Federal Decision Acknowledges that TAR Beats Manual Review

In the annals of case law about e-discovery and technology assisted review (TAR), Malone v. Kantner Ingredients will be only a footnote. In fact, were it not for a footnote, the case would barely warrant mention here.

This blog has chronicled the increasing judicial acceptance of TAR, starting with U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck’s seminal 2012 opinion in Da Silva Moore v. Publicis Groupe, which was the first to approve TAR, and continuing through to Judge Peck’s recent opinion in Rio Tinto PLC v. Vale SA, which declared, “the case law has developed to the point that it is now black letter law that where the producing party wants to utilize TAR for document review, courts will permit it.” Continue reading

Our 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2015 (So Far)

With 2015 already half over, we thought it would be interesting to look back at which were our most popular posts on this blog. These are the posts that received the most traffic during the first six months of the year, regardless of the year the posts were originally published.

As you can see, there is great interest among our readers in a simple but vexing question: How many documents are in a gigabyte? Two posts on that topic by Catalyst’s CEO John Tredennick are persistently among our most popular, as is a third on how many bytes in a gigabyte. And stay tuned, because John has been promising still another update with new information.

Other popular topics included technology assisted review, privilege logs, e-discovery costs and e-discovery ethics. Continue reading

Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck Discusses TAR in the Courtroom

U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck — author of the first-ever court decision approving the use of technology assisted review in e-discovery — was recently a guest on the Legal Talk Network podcast Digital Detectives. Hosts Sharon D. Nelson and John W. Simek, president and vice president of Sensei Enterprises, interviewed Judge Peck about how TAR works, what cases it is suitable for, and how it is being accepted in the courts.

Given Judge Peck’s leadership in broadening the adoption of TAR, we thought his comments would be of interest to readers of this blog. With the gracious permission of Sharon, John and the Legal Talk Network, below is a partial transcript of the show highlighting Judge Peck’s comments on TAR. You can hear the entire program through the Soundcloud player above or at the Legal Talk Network. Continue reading

Infographic: Simplifying Complex International Document Review

When e-discovery goes international, it gets even more complex and costly. But technology assisted review can be as effective in reducing costs for multi-language, multinational matters as it is for matters here in the U.S.

This infographic illustrates how Catalyst Insight Predict helped streamline a recent patent litigation for a Japanese client. See how Predict’s Continuous Active Learning improved results and cut the time and cost of review by over 85%.

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Podcast: Innovating Technology in E-Discovery

esibytes_logo_electronic_discovery_educationCatalyst founder and CEO John Tredennick is a featured guest on the latest episode of Karl Schieneman’s ESI Bytes podcast, where he talks about the challenges of introducing innovative technologies to the legal community. Also on this episode are Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and  Jay Lieb, a founder of NexLP.

In this episode, both Schieneman and Judge Facciola serve as the interviewers, asking questions of Tredennick and Lieb, with Judge Facciola also sharing his own insights. Schieneman explained his intent in choosing the topic of innovating technology:

Every year the most popular CLE program in the country is LegalTech so one would think the desire to learn new technology is rampant among lawyers. Experience in the field would tend to suggest otherwise. We thought it would be interesting to have two entrepreneur technologists on the show to talk about their perspectives on gaining adoption of new technologies in the legal space.

You can listen to or download the podcast here.

Judge Peck’s Latest: TAR Now ‘Black Letter Law’; CAL Reduces Significance of Seed Set

It is has been three years since U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck issued the first court decision approving the use of technology assisted review in e-discovery, Da Silva Moore v. Publicis Groupe & MSL Grp., 287 F.R.D. 182 (S.D.N.Y. 2012) (Peck, M.J.), affd, 2012 WL 1446534 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 26, 2012). “This Opinion appears to be the first in which a Court has approved of the use of computer-assisted review,” he wrote then.

Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck

Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck

Now, in an opinion released yesterday, Judge Peck says that, in the years since Da Silva Moore, “the case law has developed to the point that it is now black letter law that where the producing party wants to utilize TAR for document review, courts will permit it.” Continue reading

California Considers Ethical Duty To Be Competent in E-Discovery

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LegalEthicsMany attorneys still consider e-discovery to be a niche area of law practice, one they would prefer to stay well away from. But do lawyers have an ethical responsibility to be knowledgeable about e-discovery and competent in its practice? In California, the answer could soon be, “Yes.”

A proposed ethics opinion of the State Bar of California (Proposed Formal Opinion Interim No. 11-0004) would require attorneys who represent clients in litigation either to be competent in e-discovery or associate with others who are competent. The bar is accepting public comments on the proposed opinion until April 9, 2015. Continue reading