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4Discovery’s Phil Knox to Present at the Illinois Association of School Business Officials Conference

Panel discussion will address school district risks and how to use digital forensics to respond and investigate incidents Fraud, misconduct, sexual harassment, and data security breaches are just a few of the significant risks facing school districts in our current environment, and school business officials have an important legal duty to respond to and investigate these events. 4Discovery, a prominent digital forensics firm, will lead a panel discussion at the …Read More

Join us in Indianapolis for a special Trade Secret Protection CLE event

Want to learn how to help your clients protect their trade secrets? JOIN US FOR A VERY SPECIAL CLE EVENT: Trade Secret Protection – Using Technology to Safeguard Your Most Valuable Assets When? Wednesday, February 7, 2018 Where? The Columbia Club, Capehart / Riley / Steel Room, 121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN, 46204 5:00PM: Gathering, Networking, Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres 5:30-6:30PM: CLE Presentation, Q&A ATTENDEES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR ONE GENERAL CLE …Read More

Join us for a very special CLE presentation on Trade Secret Protection

CONSIDER THE STATISTICS Trade secret theft is at an all-time high. Businesses of all sizes face serious risks to their bottom line, competitive position, and even survival. Lawyers face an increasingly complex landscape when it comes to counseling their clients on trade secret protection in our digital world. Up to $480 billion in business losses were attributed to trade secret misappropriation last year 50% of employees that left their jobs in …Read More

School’s Failure to Preserve Snapchat Messages Can Result in Potential Spoliation Claim

Was School Counselor Deliberately Indifferent? BACKGROUND SCENARIO After weeks of receiving mean and threatening Snapchat messages from fellow students, a seventh-grader (we’ll call her Maggie) finally went to her school counselor for help. Maggie showed her counselor some of the messages on her iPhone and the counselor agreed to “look into it”. In addition, the counselor took photos of several of the bullying text messages from Maggie’s phone with her …Read More

Mobile Phone Metadata Proves Insurance Claim for $32K Rolex was Fraud

An inconvenient truth: Photo of “stolen” Rolex was taken 8 days after the alleged theft   The background One of our recent mobile phone forensics cases illustrates how photo metadata can be an important source of evidence in a wide-array of matters, including insurance fraud cases. The fraudster (let’s call him “Jim”) filed a claim with his insurance company, alleging that his $32K Rolex was stolen from him when he …Read More

Cyberbullying Tragedy: A School District’s Obligations for Capturing Digital Evidence

A Case Study A young student has had enough. After months of relentless and cruel cyberbullying and internet harassment, the girl, in a moment of despondency and depression, ends her life. In the unthinkably sad aftermath, parents, teachers, and loved ones wonder what could have been done to prevent this senseless nightmare. Teachers and middle school administrators are accused, in a lawsuit filed by the dead girl’s parents, of missing …Read More

Hillary Clinton’s eMail Drama: Tips From the Trenches

I am in the digital forensics business.  That means that when something related to eMail or computer evidence is in the news, my friends and family ask me questions, like:  “are Tom Brady’s destroyed “DeflateGate” text messages recoverable?”, and “could you recover data from the submerged mobile phones from missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 if it was ever recovered?”  So, I get used to these questions.  It’s kind of fun. …Read More

Retweet Case Raises Free Speech Debate

Can a person be held criminally responsible for “Retweeting” another person’s content, or is such communication protected under The First Amendment’s “Free Speech” language? Communication in our electronic world is bending a number of legal concepts into strange new shapes. Consider Safya Roe Yassin, a 39-year-old citizen that was recently arrested for conspiracy and transmitting threats over state lines.  Her alleged crime?  Retweeting twitter posts from a third party that …Read More