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November 06, 2012

kCura Relativity Makes (Small) Moves Into Processing

Relativity400After floating rumors since January at LegalTech New York, kCura Corp.'s Relativity is getting a processing engine in its latest release set for Nov. 30, Evan Koblentz reports. The new addition is targeted at law firms whose e-discovery processing needs are around the one-gigabyte range.

"We brought this point-and-shoot simplicity into processing. It's fully integrated into Relativity," said company CEO Andrew Sieja. The software will sell separately from Relativity review.

The new version of Relativity, 7.5, will also boast a simpler interface with expanded help files and reordered menus, as well as upgrades to its predictive coding tool, Relativity Assisted Review, including automated reports and set creation, email notifications, a management console and a faster setup.

Read the full story on LTN online.

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October 29, 2012

FTI Consulting, Huron Legal Offer Predictive Coding

October is proving to be a busy month for predictive coding in the e-discovery industry. On the heels of Daegis and Exterro announcing PC offerings, two more e-discovery vendors have entered the fray.

Fti_consultinglogoInternational business and legal advisory firm FTI Consulting, Inc., announced the launch of a new Predictive Discovery service by its technology practice group, reports Sean Doherty. The new service promises to reduce review time and cost as well as unite people and processes with predictive coding software — familiar language to anyone watching technology-assisted review products. Doherty spoke with Joe Looby, senior managing director in FTI's technology practice, to see what sets FTI's Predictive Discovery apart from other offerings.

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October 17, 2012

Daegis, Exterro Add Predictive Coding

Two more e-discovery vendors hopped on the predictive coding bandwagon this week, which may have some speculating at what point the technology will be omnipresent in the industry.

Daegis400Roseville, Calif.-based Daegis Inc., a company that hosts its software for law firms and corporate legal, announced Acumen, its machine learning technology that will be available as a standard feature for subscribing clients and also for customers on a per-gigabyte model, reports Evan Koblentz. Acumen takes what Doug Stewart, vice president of technology at Daegis, describes as a "process-driven" approach.

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September 21, 2012

E-Discovery Product News Update

Lawyer_type_blog_400New products and upgrades in the e-discovery industry include a software to authenticate digital photographic evidence, improvements for legal holds, and an updated vendor directory from the folks who brought us the EDRM.

Fourandsix announced FourMatch, an extension for Adobe Photoshop CS5 and above that authenticates "signatures" on JPEGS from cameras and mobile devices. According to the company, when a JPEG is stored on hardware or software it results in a unique product signature. When an image is edited and saved on software, the file signature changes to match the software rather than the original device that captured it. Fourandsix can detect whether a JPEG's signature has changed — and whether the image has likely been altered.

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August 27, 2012

E-Discovery Product Preview for ILTA

ILTA_ac2dc_400"New software for e-discovery, document management, and practice management will dominate news from the International Legal Technology Association show near Washington, D.C.," reports Evan Koblentz.

Releases of note include a yearly subscription model for Axcelerate's On-Demand e-discovery software and AccessData's debut of Summation 4.1 review software and AD eDiscovery 4.0.

Get the full report on LTN online.

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August 14, 2012

LexisNexis E-Discovery in the Cloud

Cloud_at_400In a move in a strategy to bring all of LexisNexis e-discovery applications online, the company has brought forth a hosted version of its litigation document management software, Concordance Evolution, reports Evan Koblentz. Although, as Koblentz notes, hosted e-discovery software is less than groundbreaking, this is a significant move for Lexis.

Matt Gillis, vice president and managing director of the company's litigation tools and professional services group, says LexisNexis is focusing on more tightly integrating its e-discovery software products within hosted or installed environments. "We see an explosion of big data driving people increasingly to the cloud," he said, noting that the company expects  an increased rate of adoption and appetite for software as a service.

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July 13, 2012

Moves and News in the E-Discovery Industry

Hand_briefcase_400dtSearch brings enhanced hit highlighting to its search results among other improvements to its document filters across its product line -- available in beta.

Information retrieval firm H5 is growing, expanding its practice management team with three new practice directors.

U.K. e-dislosure (trans-Atlantic English for e-discovery) provider MD5 added iConect Xera's friendlier interface for review to its existing nXT platform from the D.C.-based company.

Stroz Friedberg now has a compliance division as part of its digital risk and investigations offerings, hiring M. Scott Peeler of Chadbourne & Parke to lead the new team in New York.

Nexidia, developers of audio discovery software, launched, an audio and video evidence blog to be principally authored by Jeff Schlueter, VP and GM of its legal markets unit. Topics the new blog will address include audio evidence handling and audio media types for legal pros. Are you listening?

Syngence Software will support the Justice Department for another year, with the government agency renewing its license for the company's near-duplicate clustering technology.

Ballard Spahr put its name on the list of law firms bringing kCura's review platform Relativity in-house.

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June 19, 2012

Keystroke Analysis Could Replace Passwords

KeyboardThe way you type on your computer's keyboard is as unique as your handwriting, and may even be a matter of national security, an Iowa State University engineering professor says.

In the land of digital investigations, investigators and data collectors may find, in the not too distant future, the need for a custodian to stand by to enter their password for system access.

Thanks to a $500,000 research grant from the U.S. Defense Department, they're looking for better ways than hacker-prone passwords to protect its systems, and are betting that ISU Professor Morris Chang is right. Chang, recently quoted in USA Today, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, said we all take unique pauses between keystrokes, especially when typing complicated words.  "When you spell a particular word, you may have a tendency to pause at a certain character," Chang said. "Your pause would be different than mine."

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June 06, 2012

New Hire at DOAR, Jackson Lewis Turns to Kroll Ontrack

Laptop_code400An industry consultant and a law firm involved in the brouhaha around predicitive coding in Monique da Silva Moore, et al. v. Publicis Groupe SA and MSLGroup made moves in e-discovery this week.

DOAR Litigation Consulting, a plaintiffs consultant in Da Silva Moore involved in the drafting of its ESI protocol, announced the addition of Gerard Britton as a managing director of its discovery consulting practice. "The fact that DOAR is advising clients as experts at the highest levels on cutting edge legal issues is what most appealed to me," says Britton of his new position.

Jackson Lewis, who represent defendant Publicis Groupe SA in Da Silva Moore, selected Kroll Ontrack as its preferred provider for e-discovery, which gives the law firm Kroll's discovery and document review, workflow processes, early case assessment tools, and review technology. In exchange Jackson Lewis will recommend Kroll to its clients. "[The] relationship with Kroll Ontrack will enable Jackson Lewis to focus on its core competency of practicing labor law, resolving complex disputes, and mitigating risk to organizations," says Losey.

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May 11, 2012

Moves at Daegis, TrustPoint, AccessData, Womble Carlyle

This week's EDD industry news from LTN online includes a new e-discovery president at Daegis, a litigation support provider and an attorney review firm joining forces, product improvements at AccessData, and another law firm adopting Relativity.

Hand_briefcase_400Daegis announced its hiring of Deborah Jillson, formerly of AccessData and LexisNexis, as president of its e-discovery division. Jillson plans to add cross-matter management and predictive coding to Daegis' product line by this summer.

Atlanta-based litigation support provider TrustPoint International is merging with attorney review firm Excelerate Discovery to bring managed review and e-discovery products and services together under one company name. TrustPoint also added OrcaTec's Document Decision Suite, which incorporates OrcaTec's random sampling approach to predictive coding, to bring more bang for your e-discovery buck.

Continue reading "Moves at Daegis, TrustPoint, AccessData, Womble Carlyle" »

May 02, 2012

Predictive Coding Takes: the Court and the Market

PredictiveResponses to Andrew Carters' recent affirmation of Judge Peck's decision authorizing the use of predictive coding in da Silva Moore continue to roll in.

For more opinions from legal practitioners and industry veterans on what this all means for legal technology, read Evan Koblentz' article for LTN online, "Take Two: Reactions to 'Da Silva Moore' Predictive Coding Order."

In the midst of all the prognostications about machine learning and the discovery process, New York-based litigation support provider Empire Discovery announced its adoption of OrcaTec's Document Decision Suite, highlighting its predictive coding capabilities. OrcaTec's technology is being put to use in the source of last week's other judge's order involving predictive coding, Global Aerospace.

Read about the OrcaTec deal here.

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April 19, 2012

Equivio Joins Relativity In-House at Reed Smith

Equivio_logo_400International law firm Reed Smith, which recently deployed kCura's web-based review tool Relativity to aid the firm and its growing records and e-discovery ("RED") team, is piling up its e-discovery platforms as it adds on Equivio Zoom. Zoom's email threading and near duping caught Reed Smith's attention -- its predictive coding capabilities and easy integration with Relativity closed the deal.

Get the full report here.

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April 11, 2012

Act Two: Graham Smith & William Bice

LTN12-4In LTN's April cover story, we profile two entrepreneurs who accomplished the dream of 99% of legal technology vendors: to create a product and/or company that caught the eye of one of the industry giants, and to see it for a lot of money. In most cases, the principals cash the check and head for exotic locations.

But at LegalTech 2012, two men who hit the jackpot decided they weren't done with our community. William Bice, founder of ProLaw practices management software, and Graham Smith, founder of LiveNote litigation support software, came back for "act two" after selling to Thomson Reuters (then, Thomson West). Both launched new web-based products that compete with their original offerings -- Bice's LiquidPractice (and a second product, Exemplify, that is a document creation and comparison tool for transaction lawyers), and Smith's Opus Magnum, with integrates with other EDD software and helps uses develop their cases after they have processed their data collections.

Will they triumph twice? Check it out here.


April 10, 2012

Venture Capitalists Make E-Discovery Moves

Dollarsymbol400"Venture capitalists were active in the e-discovery field this week, with FTV Capital pouring $32 million into Catalyst Repository Systems, and Sequoia Capital hiring former Clearwell Systems CEO Aaref Hilaly," reports Evan Koblentz.

Koblentz delivers the the latest in e-discovery industry growth in 2012 on the pages of LTN online.

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Reed Smith 'RED' Team Taps kCura Relativity

Kcura_logo400International firm Reed Smith has licensed kCura's web-based e-discovery platform Relativity to aid its expanding records and e-discovery ("RED") team, now at more than 50 e-discovery attorneys and growing.

Read the full report here.

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March 30, 2012

Google Apps Vault Ready for E-Discovery

Google_developer_days400Google Apps Vault brings e-discovery features to Google Apps for Business, offering litigation holds of IM and email, retention policies, and data archiving, reports Evan Koblentz.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based search giant's head of e-discovery, Jack Halprin, claims the Vault offers a more efficient archive: "Our approach is fundamentally different. We are the only archive provider that sits natively on top of and as part of the application itself."

While the Vault now holds "dates, labels, recipients, senders, and terms of Gmail and recorded instant messages," future versions could work with websites, unrecorded instant messages, and Google Docs.

Read the full article.

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March 15, 2012

LexisNexis Updates Law PreDiscovery, Early Data Analyzer

Lexis_nexis_dayton400LexisNexis announced updates to Law PreDiscovery 6.1 and Early Data Analyzer 1.1, its e-discovery processing and early case assessment software, reports Evan Koblentz.

Among PreDiscovery's new features are de-duplication from multiple cases simultaneously and the ability to "import/export load files based on the EDRM-XML 2.0 specification." Early Data Analyzer adds the use of optical character recognition to convert document images into editable, searchable text and metadata searches that use multiple data ranges, Koblentz writes.

Next up for Lexis is a hybrid "to essentially take a lot of the batch-processed features from Law, put those into Early Data Analyzer, and then web-enable it," according to Joshua Rosenberg, the company's senior director of strategy for litigation tools in Austin.

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March 14, 2012

Clearwell Integration in Sight for Data Insight 3.0

Symantec_logo2011_400Data Insight 3.0, the latest version of Symantec's information governance software, allows the data's custodians to manage it, and also "lays the groundwork" for integration with Clearwell's e-discovery offerings, reports Evan Koblentz.

"Where Data Insight is really focused is on who owns the data, where the data is being used, and how do we protect that data," says Don Angspatt, Symantec's VP of product management.

As Angspatt explains, "In Data Insight 3.0 we don't do integration with Clearwell yet, but that's the very next thing on the road map."

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March 05, 2012

Recommind Launches Predictive Coding Training

Business_man_code400Recommind today introduced its  Predictive Coding Training Program to formally educate legal practitioners and litigation support professionals in its own version of the automated review technology. The program, to be launched in April, will consist of online and in-person training. Successful participants will receive certification, the company says. 

Law firm Morgan Lewis has partnered with Recommind in the "educational campaign" in technology-assisted review, according to partner Tess Blair. The website mentions a CLE Webinar featuring Blair on March 15, "Predictive Coding: Separating Myth From Reality," hosted on Virtual LegalTech.

Recommind plans to extend the program into the U.K. and Europe later this year, as well as Asia "on an as-needed basis."

The press release capitalizes on U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck's recent opinion allowing the technology in Da Silva Moore, using language such as "landmark," "officially endorsed," and "groundbreaking." (Download DaSilvaMoore 2-24-12 Opinion.)

Read full press release here.

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February 23, 2012

Siemens Ramps Up Its EDD With Exterro, Recommind

Siemens_tunnel_128Siemens Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of German multinational provider of electronics and electrical engineering Siemens AG, is tapping Recommind and Exterro to build up the company's in-house electronic data discovery.

Siemens selection of both Exterro's and Recommind's technologies avoids what Craig Carpenter, vice president of marketing at Recommind, calls the "Frankenstack approach" -- piling up "a completely unmanageable complexity and number of solutions and vendors" -- since the products "seamlessly integrate," according to both vendors.

Industry watchers see the deal as symptomatic of overall trends in enterprise e-discovery. Katey Wood, an analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group, views Siemens considerable e-discovery investment as gearing up for potential regulatory inquiries, noting a survey that finds companies like Siemens with over $1 billion in revenue "driving e-discovery readiness harder internally." David Horrigan, an analyst with 451 Research, notes another trend: "the movement of e-discovery from law firms to corporate clients themselves."

Read my full report: "Siemens Turns to Exterro, Recommind to Build Up Its In-House E-Discovery."

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February 09, 2012

Clustify Offers Tryout

Is concept clustering a concept missing from your company's or law firm's document review? Hot Neuron is offering the opportunity to try out its clustering product Clustify to see how well it speeds the process — free for the month of March.

Clustify's technology uses algorithms to group related documents into clusters, labeling them as categories. The software can then automatically categorize new documents as the project progresses, using predictive coding (aka technology-assisted review). Users can choose whether to cluster documents as similar by concept, similar as near-duplicates, or similar as parts of an email thread.

Hot Neuron CEO Bill Dimm, in a press release, emphasizes this is not an evaluation and urges users to apply the technology to "real case data." Is he trying to hook you past March? Could be. Is there a catch? 6a00d8345280a669e20168e7131bd6970c-120wi Participants must sign a licensing agreement and attend a short training session on GoToMeeting. Interested parties can register here.

Press release.

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February 07, 2012

Guidance Buys CaseCentral

Guidance_software400Pasadena, Calif.-based Guidance Software has announced its acquisition of CaseCentral, bringing customers software and services from collection to review in an end-to-end e-discovery platform, report LTN's Sean Doherty and Brendan McKenna.

Before it bought CaseCentral, Guidance had used third party vendors during trial preparation to conduct further review and analysis of its customers' collected data. With Casecentral_logo400 San-Francisco-based CaseCentral's focus on hosted review, Guidance can now analyze, cull, and review collected data, de-NISTed using EnCase Forensics, it says.

Guidance will acquire CaseCentral for $17 million under the terms of the agreement and anticipates the acquisition will add $10 million in software-as-a-service growth in 2012.

Read the story, "Guidance Buys CaseCentral to Make End-to-End E-Discovery Platform."

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February 06, 2012

The Big Picture in Capturing, Analyzing Data Ecosystems

Glass_globe_tree_400A torrent of data is created every day by the interactions of millions of people using computers, GPS, mobile devices, and social media. Electronic data has become so prevalent in our culture that we now have data ecosystems developing similar to ecosystems in nature.

Data communities include mobile, social media, transactional, communications, etc. These ecosystems also create a huge amount of so-called exhaust data — data created as a byproduct of other data — like transaction logs, metadata, etc.

The challenge is being able to channel these data communities into actionable information that can be used for business intelligence, investigations, e-discovery, and predicting trends. Currently most data is lost, not used, or partially analyzed in a reactive setting during litigation.

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February 02, 2012

Consultants Key to Predictive Coding Success

Predictive coding is only as good as the person(s) seeding the initial document set. Identifying, analyzing, and coding the seed document set requires skilled content analytics consultants.

Otherwise there is the risk of unreliable results and statistical uncertainty. Garbage in: garbage out still applies.

To that end, I saw service providers at LegalTech promoting their consulting teams. For example, RenewData launched RDC Analytics, which is a group of forensic linguists, mathematicians, librarians, and attorneys who provide content analytics consulting for legal, regulatory, and Data_collect_400business purposes.

The real stars at Legatech this year were the regional service providers driving the technology. As Recommind points out, predictive coding does not replace human review. It optimizes it!


January 27, 2012

Here Comes the EDD Tidal Wave at LTNY

Ltny_logo2_400More e-discovery vendors are announcing products and services ready for viewing at LegalTech New York.

• Ipro Tech reports that it is adding predictive coding, concept searching, and other features to its Eclipse discovery system.

• Recommind reports that it is updating its Axcelerate eDiscovery to be manageable through a single interface.

• Australia's Nuix is adding defensible data deletion to its suite of offerings.

Expect on-premise software versus the cloud; cloud data collection; and product compatibility and integration to be among the major e-discovery themes on the floor and at the show, blogs Enterprise Strategy Group analyst Katey Wood.

Read the full report from Evan Koblentz, "Second Wave of E-Discovery Products Targets LegalTech."

January 26, 2012

New E-Discovery Software Heads to LegalTech

LTNY_logoVisitors to LegalTech New York's vendor floor can check out eagerly anticipated e-discovery releases.

AccessData is adding an early case assessment module to its Summation product, while Clearwell promises a more tranparent predictive coding. Other e-discovery players bringing out their wares include BIA, debuting social media collection for its, and bit-level litigation hold from Index Engines.

Check out the whole story, "E-Discovery Software Leads the Charge to LegalTech New York," from LTN reporter Evan Koblentz.

January 06, 2012

Breaking News: Lexis Sells Applied Discovery

This just in: Lexis has sold Applied Discovery to Siris Capital Group. Lexis bought Applied in 2003.

"Regardless of how 2011 turned out, you now have a clean slate to build upon in 2012. And, while we are on the topic of clean slates, we are thrilled to report that we are beginning the year afresh too, as an independent company," wrote Applied's Jon Resnick, worldwide vice president for field operations and marketing, in the company's weekly newsletter.

"Siris Capital Group has taken Applied Discovery private from LexisNexis (with LexisNexis' parent, Reed Elsevier, retaining a minority interest)," Resnick continued. "As friends of our company, we want you all to know that business will be as usual through this transition, which is happening incredibly smoothly."

Stay tuned to the Law Technology News homepage for the full story later today.

October 12, 2011

Digital Reef Debuts Free ECA Service

DigitalreefDigital Reef, which offers hosted e-discovery services, recently opened a cost-free early case assessment service at The new service lets users upload a data set, after which they are told its initial size, potential size after deduplication, size of data responsive to popular search terms, and number of files responsive to search terms, according to the site's Frequently Asked Questions page.

But there are limits. Data is stored for seven days, and then customers must either pay for online storage, pay to download the output, or let the data evaporate, the site FAQ explains. Read more at Law Technology News.

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