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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

Are Tom Brady’s Text Messages Recoverable?

New England Patriots QB Accused of Destroying Potentially Damning Text Messages Well, I can not resist.  Prepared to just let this story go away, I watched the online debates about just how “recoverable” Brady’s text messages are…and how the NFL apparently believes when one destroys a phone the text messages are destroyed as well.  Now I will somewhat reluctantly add our voice to the “Deflate Gate” conversation.  I hope this …Read More

Partner Jeffrey Hartman Published in Bloomberg BNA

Smart Phones: A New Holy Grail of Digital Evidence for Litigators?    Using a series of short case studies, 4Discovery’s Jeffrey L. Hartman illustrates how specialized forensics are bringing new evidence to life in modern litigation as the amount of data stored on mobile phones grows. A vehicle, traveling at highway speeds, gradually veered off the roadway and smashed violently into the rear of a truck parked on the shoulder …Read More

CNN Revisited

Malaysian Air Flight 370 Mobile Phone Device Data Recovery Reenactment  Can 4Discovery Recover Data From a Mobile Phone That Has Been Submerged In Pressurized Cold Salt Water for a Week?  That is the question that CNN posed to 4Discovery computer forensics experts last week when they revisited our offices with a Samsung mobile phone loaded with text messages, photos, videos, and emails.  Then, the CNN reporter, Ted Rowlands, and our …Read More

Top Ten Ways to Protect Your Trade Secrets

Tips from the trenches in light of the recent Ex-Motorola Software Engineer Prison Sentence. Hanjuan Jin, a Motorola Software Engineer, stepped onto the terminal at O’Hare International Airport a few years ago and stepped into history as one of the most notable Trade Secret mis-appropriators of recent times.  Loaded with $30,000 in cash, a one way ticket to China, and a motherload of trade secrets freshly pilfered from Motorola, Jin …Read More

Digital Evidence Plays Important Role in Apple v. Samsung Award

No need to explain complicated patent law to jurors when the ESI is so convincing the iPhone has a “beautiful design”, and “easy to copy” hardware. – internal Samsung report [1] The Background In one of the most significant Intellectual Property cases of our time, a jury has awarded Apple over one billion dollars in damages in a patent case involving the design and functionality of Apple’s treasured iPhone. Apple …Read More