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Comment Re:Should X be paid for by taxes? (Score 1) 861

"As an added bonus, you are completely free to purchase a composting bin and/or create a backyard compost pile on your private property"
1) Pretty much nobody in San Francisco owns their property.
2) Nobody in San Francisco has a back yard.
3) Pretty much everyone in San Francisco (that I know) if absolutely fine with the composting rules and are glad that the city is progressive in their handling of waste.

Comment Not Cutting Edge Law (Score 2, Informative) 103

The federal rules for civil procedure (FRCP) were updated in 2006 to address issues like this. Part of the FRCP is what guides production formats during civil suits. A lot of state courts are now using the FRCP as a guide for developing their own standards with regards to management of electronic data for legal purposes. This is the rule, pretty clear. http://www.law.cornell.edu/rules/frcp/Rule34.htm

Previously if you have 10,000 emails you could just print them out to loose piles of paper and turn over boxes (sometimes 100s of boxes) of paper to opposing counsel. After 2006 there is a default that the other side of a lawsuit is entitled to the documents in the same format they are kept in the course of business. This includes meta data and it is specifically mentioned in the FRCP. Most lawyers will make agreements during their discovery conferences (aka 30b6) to agree to production formats that both sides won't find unduly burdensome.

Comment Re:This should be a lesson... (Score 1) 780

Smart move; I applaud your initiative.

You are both setting yourselves up for a fall.

If your company is ever sued one of the first things that will happen is the legal department will start going through your records retentions policies. Things like: destroy all deleted data from backups after two weeks, etc. They will relay this information to the rest of the parties involved. Do you know how poorly the court takes it when they find out a year into a litigation that there is a secret stash of backed up data...*any data you were supposed to report on* that you didn't disclose?

I'd have fired you.

Comment Needs position, search combining (Score 1) 171

I want to be able to search like this:

1) term1 near2 term2
2) term2 near10 term 3
3) result_set1 not result_set2

You see a lot of search engines in the legal world that support this style of searching (dtSearch, Concordance).

So far as I know Lucene (solr?) is the only common engine that supports this sort of search.

Comment Re:This makes my blood boil (Score 1) 470

He should have hired his own forensic specialist to do create a defensible backup and analysis before going to court, which is what most law firms will advise their clients to do (in fact they have a responsibility to do) when they are facing a pending litigation and know that there is discoverable data on the drive.

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