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How Information Governance Lowers Cost and Risk

When law firms do not formally govern their information, they are at real risk of losing critical data - both theirs, and their clients'. The risks are both financial and reputational - and sometimes risks even reach the level of bet-the-firm. Read on for what you can do to protect your firm.

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Courts Split on Issue of Standing and Class Action Certification

Putative class action claims often have the potential to reach individuals across state lines, therefore invoking multiple state laws. This can be an obstacle to class certification. Say a plaintiff files a lawsuit against a company that leaked their private information during a data breach, allowing third-parties to misappropriate this information. The plaintiff discovers that the data breach contained private information about many other individuals and requests to certify a class of individuals who suffered the same harm. The judge will have to decide whether individuals residing out-of-state could fall into the class description, and if so whether these potential unnamed plaintiffs need standing in order to make certification proper. The federal circuits are not in unison on this issue.

Filed under: class action

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Three Tips to Help You Get the Most from Legal Technology

There are several types of legal technology available to help organisations operate more efficiently. These include technology-assisted review, contract management software, information governance solutions, and predictive coding. However, not all legal technology solutions are appropriate for every organisation. A thorough review of your current and future and business needs can help you understand how legal technology can help. Choosing the right approach to legal technology can improve daily functions, strengthen client relationships, offer a competitive edge, and provide long-term financial benefits.

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Canada Court Clarified Extent of Duties for Class Action Settlement Administrators

Settlement administrators often play a crucial role in reaching and finalizing class action settlements. These administrators can help efficiently manage settlements by ensuring precision and thoroughness. If a firm has not retained an administrator to help with a class action, there is a good chance that the court will appoint one. A court in Canada recently determined what obligations a class action settlement administrator has when evaluating an individual class member’s claim. The court concluded that the settlement agreement terms will play the biggest part in establishing an administrator’s role. 

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