Magistrate Judge Peck, a widely recognized expert on e-discovery, published an opinion today approving a stipulated protocol for technology-assisted review of documents (or “TAR”). The opinion is notable because it contains a clear statement supporting a party’s right to choose TAR: “the case law has developed to the point that it is now black letter law that where the producing party wants to utilize TAR for document review, courts will permit it.” The opinion is also notable because it discusses one open issue in the TAR case law — the extent to which the parties must share information about their “seed” sets of documents — and because it attaches the parties’ protocol as guidance for practitioners. The key discussion is here:
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We blogged before about the well-publicized gender discrimination class action in which the plaintiffs, ignoring Magistrate Judge Peck’s warnings about “scorched earth” tactics, moved to recuse him, in part, for his advocacy of predictive coding. In their reply brief filed yesterday, the plaintiffs claim there is further support for the alleged appearance of bias from events occurring after the motion. They attach the transcript from a rather contentious April 25 conference. In the following passage, plaintiffs’ counsel, after having a discovery request denied by Judge Peck, asks Judge Peck to not rule on anything while the recusal motion is pending, prompting a firm reaction from Judge Peck:
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Magistrate Judge Peck issued a widely-publicized opinion in February endorsing the use of “predictive coding” — using computer algorithms to help identify relevant documents — in a gender discrimination class action. (See coverage, e.g., in Reuters,, ABA Journal.) The plaintiffs sent Judge Peck scathing letter the following month asking that Judge Peck recuse himself because of his public advocacy of predictive coding and because of his public appearances with defense counsel Ralph Losey on the subject:
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