Recent Florida Case Ruling Warns of Dangers with Self-Collection During Discovery

By Josh Markarian | August 24, 2020

Rule 26(g) Signing of Discovery Requests, Responses, and Objections is the requirement of engagement in discovery in a defensible and responsible way. The rule was created to limit abuse in discovery through the use of sanctions. Discovery is an essential part of the legal process and as a result a party should be given the opportunity to properly prepare and develop their case. Rule 26(g) is brought in when there is a range of issues originating from the handling of ESI and proper collection of data most commonly when there is evidence of spoliation, failure to produce, lack of due diligence, and in this case self-collection.

Mobile Device Encryption: A Brief Look at the Pros and Cons

By Josh Markarian | August 19, 2020

The topic of mobile device encryption is more talked about than ever before. Many individuals and companies alike are spending time thinking about whether or not it is a good idea to encrypt mobile devices. But what about the risk that exists when an employee refuses to hand over the encryption password to their employer regarding a company cell phone?

Approved Final Set of California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Regulations Now in Effect

By Josh Markarian | August 14, 2020

California has approved of final regulations under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The CCPA was initially enacted in 2018 and first took effect at the start of the new year on January 1, 2020. The new regulations were approved on August 14, 2020 and went into effect immediately.

New In-Depth Cybersecurity Report From Association of Corporate Counsel

By Josh Markarian | July 30, 2020

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) has released their key findings and the full report from their 2020 STATE OF CYBERSECURITY REPORT: AN IN-HOUSE PERSPECTIVE. The study was conducted between April and May of 2020, and was composed of a target audience of ACC members in various legal department roles. The study covered an expanse…

Legal Tech Conferences Turn Digital For Upcoming Events

By Josh Markarian | July 17, 2020

While attending conferences, meetups and collaboration forward expos in person might not be in the foreseeable future, that doesn’t mean that those events won’t be happening. Many of these events have turned 100 percent digital, reinventing the experience, promising the same if not higher value.

New York State Bar Considers Mandatory Tech & Cybersecurity CLE Credit

By Josh Markarian | July 8, 2020

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) has recently approved a recommendation from the NYSBA committee on Technology and the Legal Profession regarding the introduction of adding an required credit in cybersecurity to mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE) requirements. This would be limited to one additional credit and be categorized under the “Ethics and Professionalism” category. It does not tack on and change minimum hour requirements for experienced or new attorneys respectively.

Michigan’s New Civil Discovery Rule Changes

By Josh Markarian | June 29, 2020

At the start of the new year the Michigan Supreme Court released a comprehensive and revised set of civil discovery rules. Created by the State Bar of Michigan’s Civil Discovery Court Rule Committee, the changes offer a significant change in structure that is more closely tied to today’s legal environment.

Florida Chief Justice Issues Updated Direction for Local and County Courts Returning to Jury Trials

By Josh Markarian | June 17, 2020

Chief Justice Charles Canady has issued updates to two prior standing administrative orders (AOSC20-23 & AOSC20-32) which originally provided the guidelines that state courts were operating under during the pandemic. In addition there is a now a “best practices” memorandum which provides further clarity into new court processes.

List of State Bar Associations with Links

By Josh Markarian | June 12, 2020

Here is a comprehensive list of each State Bar Association and their respective website. Each state chapter listed below is part of the greater whole of the American Bar Association (ABA), one of the nations largest professional organizations and lawyer accreditation issuing agencies.

DOJ Revises Guidance On Corporate Compliance Programs: June 2020

By Josh Markarian | June 4, 2020

On June 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminal Division revised and published an updated version of their guidance on “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs”. Originally put into place a little over a year ago in April of 2019, the corporate compliance program document was intended to act as a resource for white-collar…

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