Ms. Buyer is a regular columnist for the THE BULLETIN of the Bar Association of Erie County and is a contributor to No Jitter. Previously, she has written numerous commentaries on telecommunications law for other legal and telecommunications publications including, among others, The Daily Record, Communications Convergence and Computer Telephony. Her articles cover a broad range of topics highlighting current telecommunications issues including federal and state telecommunications policy, litigation, wireless technologies, spectrum policy, FCC initiatives, and industry consolidation. Martha Buyer has also contributed to the ABA Journal Report.


E-Discovery Update

When I sit down to write these columns, I try to find topics that are relevant and
interesting from my perspective as a reasonably tech savvy non-litigator. As I
was preparing to do a recent podcast for a national telecommunications
publication, I was asked to revisit a presentation that I’d done several years
before on E-Discovery, and I was stunned to discover how many cases, from
across the country, have been decided since the beginning of the year on issues
related to this very hot topic. The preparation also gave me the chance to add a
new word to my vocabulary—“spoliation,” so be warned if we’re ever playing
Super Scrabble! But I digress…

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Going Unplugged? Know the Facts before you take the leap…

I was already done with the February column when I was summoned back to reality by recent news events in the Buffalo metro area. As such, the initial column has been put hold for a month so that the space can be used to address a more current and pressing issue which needs regular revisiting. Over the Christmas holidays, 3 people died in a house fire in Cheektowaga. It is almost certain that had they called 911 from a traditional landline phone instead of a cell phone, the fire department could have been at the home much sooner than the 28 minutes it took to notify proper authorities.

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