Philip Favro

May 13, 2019
Fatal Attraction

Fatal Attraction? Examining the Merits of Ephemeral Messaging

Mobile messaging applications are front and center today. News about the proliferating use of these applications seems to dominate headlines around the globe. Whether spotlighting their utility in advancing business objectives or ruminating over indiscretions shared through text messages, there is no getting away from the reality that messaging applications—for better or for worse—are a significant part of daily life.
May 1, 2019

Fatal Attraction? Examining the Merits of Ephemeral Messaging

Mobile messaging applications are front and center today. News about the proliferating use of these applications seems to dominate headlines around the globe. Whether spotlighting their utility in advancing business objectives or ruminating over indiscretions shared through text messages, there is no getting away from the reality that messaging applications—for better or for worse—are a significant part of daily life. Among messaging apps that have grown in popularity, perhaps none is as trendy as ephemeral messaging. And for good reason. With its ability to automate the destruction of content shared with others, ephemeral messaging offers organizations an intriguingly robust option to strengthen aspects of their corporate information governance programs. This feature, combined with the enhanced ability to communicate confidentially, make ephemeral messaging a viable communication option for companies and their employees.
April 29, 2019
Preserving Text Messages

Practical Tips for Lawyers on How to Preserve Relevant Text Messages

Text message preservation for civil litigation has never been more important. Court decisions emphasizing the importance of preserving relevant texts are seemingly issued on a weekly basis. However, beyond issuing a litigation hold, many lawyers have no idea how to undertake some of the most basic functions to ensure relevant text messages are preserved. The inability of counsel to advise clients how to keep relevant texts leaves parties vulnerable to data loss and court sanctions. This is an unfortunate result, though one that can be remedied if counsel are willing to become educated on some basic digital age functionality.
April 22, 2019
Reducing ESI Preservation Obligations with Proportionality and Metrics

Reducing ESI Preservation Obligations with Proportionality and Metrics

Proportionality is an important doctrine that is increasingly being used to reduce the burdens of preserving relevant electronically stored information (ESI). Widely accepted as a measure for balancing the benefits and burdens of production, some courts have applied proportionality standards to relieve parties from preserving certain categories of ESI.
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