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Episode // August 20, 2020

Custodian Collection Risks, Self-Collection Part 2

Improper or incomplete collection can undermine preservation, review, production, and authentication – potentially creating a whole host of downstream issues and potential grounds for sanctions. So, how does self-collection increase the risks of these issues and outcomes? Let’s start by reviewing the risks of allowing custodians to collect their own materials.

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Episode // August 20, 2020

IT Collection Risks, Self-Collection Part 3

We’ve now seen the myriad ways that allowing custodians to collect their own materials can increase the risks of downstream issues and negative outcomes. But, what about having internal information technology personnel collect instead? While marginally lower risk than allowing custodians to collect their own materials, having IT carry out organization self-collection is still risky and, potentially, disruptive.

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Episode // August 20, 2020

The Courts on Self-Collection, Self-Collection Part 4

The risks and consequences of employing self-collection approaches are not merely hypothetical. For many years, courts have highlighted those risks, have taken parties and their lawyers to task for their reliance on self-collection in the face of those risks, and have applied significant monetary and evidentiary sanctions for failures caused by taking those risks.

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Episode // August 20, 2020

More from the Courts on Self-Collection, Self-Collection Part 5

We’ve now seen in Leidig v. BuzzFeed and NDLON v. ICE that the risks and consequences of employing self-collection approaches are not merely hypothetical. One self-collection failure resulted in evidence preclusion, and the other resulted in substantial additional discovery. Let’s conclude our discussion of self-collection risks with a look at three more case examples.

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