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I Can Tell When You're Telling Lies: Metadata in Litigation and Transactional Practice

Journal of Legal Profession, Vol. 30, p. 79, 2006

23 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2006  

David C. Hricik

Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law

Abstract

This article analyzes the ethical duties arising from metadata and other embedded data that accompanies Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, and other computer files. It analyzes how the duty of competency requires lawyers to remove embedded data, and describes how the duty of confidentiality and fairness to opposing counsel may require lawyers to notify the sender of a document containing metadata of its receipt.

Keywords: metadata, legal ethics, legal malpractice, Microsoft Word

JEL Classification: K40, K41

Suggested Citation

Hricik, David C., I Can Tell When You're Telling Lies: Metadata in Litigation and Transactional Practice. Journal of Legal Profession, Vol. 30, p. 79, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=920181

David C. Hricik (Contact Author)

Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law ( email )

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Macon, GA 31207-0001
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