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Matt Mahon on Emoji’s

Heart, surprise, anger, thumbs up series of colorful emojis.

Matt Mahon, the National eDiscovery Sales Manager for Ricoh eDiscovery, was published in Legal Management, the magazine of the ALA (Association of Legal Administrators) in an article called “Emoji: What Do You Mean by That?”

One can hear the argument over meaning with the defense claiming innocent use, while plaintiff argues a nefarious and legally problematic one. 

Matt Mahon

According to Matt Mahon, there are already over 100 cases citing emoji’s citing research by Eric Goldman of Santa Clara University of Law.

Noting that “emoji are not yet searchable as a concept (or by specific emoji type) in legal research tools, it is reasonable to conclude that there are more cases than Goldman found in which emoji are relevant,” Mahon predicted.

Mahon details the extensive use of emoji’s and the number of custom emoji’s as applied through a risk management and eDiscovery lens.

Read the entire article here.

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Mary Mack

Mary Mack is the CEO and Chief Legal Technologist for EDRM. Mary is the co-editor of the Thomson Reuters West Treatise, eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel and the co-author of A Process of Illumination: the Practical Guide to Electronic Discovery. She a member of the Illinois Bar and holds the CISSP among her certifications.


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