The Discovery Update – April 2011


The Discovery Update – April 2011

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April 2011

From the President

Our feature article this month centers on cloud computing, which is shifting users from traditional software to the Internet, promising a future of new ways to network everywhere.

For over two decades, we have been keeping right in step with the evolution of technology in both the court reporting and the legal industries, making sure that you always receive accurate transcripts delivered to you on time.

Please let us know if we can improve our technology in any way that might help fill your court reporting needs even more.

Best regards,
Sheila Atkinson-Baker

Cloud Computing Complicates E-Discovery Issues

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Cloud computing is alive and flourishing. It has become the popular technology tool for many who want to shift from local PC/Network computer storage and processing to external computers in “the cloud” (on the Internet) handling these types of services.

E-mail, word processing and financial systems are all examples of information that may no longer exist at a company’s physical site and reside somewhere in cyberspace. Cloud computing technologies, however, can significantly impact the how and where of electronically stored information.

Everyone seems to have their own definition of cloud computing. Simply put, cloud computing is typically considered a subscription-based or pay-per-use service that is provided through the Internet. This also extends to the concept of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). This includes software applications (e-mail, word processing, etc.) that are provided as a service to company employees via the Internet.
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Musings By A Retired Judge On Discovery References

By Hon. David A. Garcia (Ret.)

Court references are not appropriate for all cases and the authority of the courts to appoint referees or special masters is accordingly limited. Nevertheless, in cases for which the appointment of a referee or special master is appropriate, a reference can assist the parties in achieving economic, streamlined resolution of discovery disputes.

Referee-managed discovery should result in cost savings to the parties, despite the expense of the Referee, because of the procedures that the Referee can implement and impose. This article will discuss the issue in light of California law, but the issues raised are applicable to other jurisdictions. Before discussing the advantages available to resolution of discovery disputes under the supervision of a Referee or Special Master, we should review briefly some basic principles regarding appointment of Referees.
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Cloud Computing Complicates E-Discovery Issues

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That’s What the Law’s About

To be sung to “The Hokey Pokey”.
You have to dot those i’s.
You’ve got to cross those t’s.
You have to seem so wise.
You must justify those fees.
And if you’re smart and lucky
You will turn your case around.
That’s what the law’s about.

You’ve got to prep those briefs
And make them long and dense,
And prove your clients’ beefs,
Even if they make no sense.
Be sure to play your cards right,
And a winner you’ll be found.
That’s what the law’s about.