A few items about e-discovery caught my eye recently: corporate insourcing, a high profile move, a tech item on MD5 hashes, and comments on the cost of privilege review. 

Insourcing EDD Keeping EDD In-House Could Contain Costs (Law Technology News, October 8, 2008) by Patrick Oot of Verizon presents the case for companies to insource EDD. I see the merits in his arguments but suspect that few companies have the scale generally or depth of expertise in EDD specifically to do this successfully.

Another High Profile EDD Move. “Julia Brickell, former associate general counsel of Altria Client Services and deputy general counsel of Philip Morris USA, has joined H5 as executive managing director and general counsel” according to an H5 press release.

Lurking E-Discovery Nightmare? The MD5 hash is detects duplicate files in EDD. Blogger Greg Duncan wonders, however, if someone could force an “MD5 collision”. A collision means identical hash values for different files. Someone with bad intent could, perhaps, in theory, make a “bad” file look like a common file such as notebook.exe. Will a judge rule now that we cannot rely on MD5 hashes to de-dup? Let’s hope not.

The Cost of Privilege Review. My Integreon colleague Chris Egan blogs on the cost of privilege review. Citing Fulbright’s Litigation Trends Survey, he points to a survey finding that suggests priv reviews may cost less than commonly thought.