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LegalTech: Putting together e-discovery pieces

Todd Erickson, News and Features Writer

The LegalTech trade show is going on this week in New York City, and that means plenty of e-discovery and compliance-related product rollouts.

FTI Consulting Inc. released a new version of its litigation document management platform, Ringtail Legal. It integrates the content analysis and e-discovery document processing intellectual property of Attenex Corp., which FTI acquired in July 2008.

The Attenex intellectual property (IP) uses content analytics to assess data subject matter and clusters the information in visual representations based on the content's semantic, social and time relationships. Attenex's technology helps legal teams plow through significant amounts of data to find, mark and tag relevant and privileged documents without relying solely on keyword searches.

"The most costly phase of the entire e-discovery process is the attorney legal review," says Mike Kinnaman, senior managing director at FTI Technology, which is FTI's e-discovery unit. Kinnaman says the addition of Attenex IP to the Ringtail Legal solution will accelerate the document review and analysis process and drive down e-discovery costs.

A new "batch assignment" feature has been added to the latest Ringtail Legal release. The batch-assignment feature allows administrators to use search and meta data criteria to collect similar discovery materials.

Brian Hill, senior analyst at Cambridge, Mass.-based Forrester Research Inc., says he expects more acquisitions,

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such as FTI-Attenex, as vendors targeting segments of e-discovery look to round out their offerings. "There really is no vendor that provides an end-to-end e-discovery solution, despite claims to the contrary," says Hill.

Index Engines introduces unified e-discovery platform

Index Engines Inc. released its new enterprise unified eDiscovery platform, which lets you index and extract electronic stored information (ESI) across offline tape, network storage, file shares, forensic images and hard drives with one user interface.

Index Engines claims the unified platform allows enterprises to deduplicate, search and extract information at up to 100 Mbps through one platform. The unified platform can now duplicate data and filter it across disparate containers during the initial collection, making the e-discovery process faster and more cost effective, according to the company.

Stratify releases a legal portfolio manager

Stratify Inc., an e-discovery services and solutions provider, and a subsidiary of Iron Mountain Inc., released Version 9.0 of its Legal Discovery service, which includes single-database management support for multiple legal matters that span multiple years. The new Matter Portfolio Management capabilities include a scalable architecture, multi-party security and a state-of-the-art workflow engine, says the company.

Mimosa Systems releases archiving solution for proactive e-discovery

Mimosa Systems Inc. introduced its NearPoint eDiscovery application suite, which automates policy-based information management for the active identification, collection and preservation of user-generated content. It captures, indexes, archives and searches emails, files, calendars and contact entries in a single repository so legal counsel can quickly identify relevant information in response to a legal discovery request.

StoredIQ's e-discovery supports Enterprise Vault

StoredIQ Inc. added support for Symantec Corp.'s Enterprise Vault as a recognized data source in StoredIQ's e-discovery solution. StoredIQ offers Enterprise Vault customers the ability to:

  • Crawl and collect active data on network servers, storage systems and personal computers without disrupting end users.
  • Target, collect, preserve and process potentially relevant documents.
  • Create topology maps, and classify and search relevant data.
  • Automate the manual tasks of collecting, processing and preparing data for litigation review.

Exterro launches enterprise data mapping genome

Exterro Inc., a legal governance, risk management and compliance software provider, announced the release of its Fusion Genome data mapping and workflow product. Fusion Genome is a data mapping solution that helps legal and IT teams identify, manage and analyze data sources and electronic stored information (ESI) across an entire organization.

Exterro's Fusion platform adapters integrate with other enterprise systems, such as human resources and matter- and asset-management systems, to build a cross-functional business topology and tie corporate information to the enterprise's organizational structure. Genome functions as a standalone product and also integrates with Exterro's Fusion Legal Hold and Discovery Workflow products.

Bridgeway Software launches in-house e-discovery solution

Bridgeway Software Inc. launched its in-house electronic discovery solution. The new system helps organizations to bring the e-discovery preservation, collection, processing, review and production phases in-house instead of using consulting companies. The e-discovery solution's user interface produces metrics on all matters with active legal holds, and manages resources and priorities from one dashboard.

Clearwell System releases cross-border litigation tool

Clearwell Systems Inc. launched Clearwell Mobile, the company's cross-border litigation solution. Clearwell Mobile's processing, analysis and review capabilities can be transported to a customer's site. This allows legal teams to perform e-discovery tasks in the country where the data resides and meet the European Union (EU) Data Protection Directive, as well as country-specific data privacy guidelines.

PSS Systems' Atlas 4.0 released with expanded management capabilities

PSS Systems released Atlas 4, the newest version of the company's legal information governance solution. Atlas 4 introduces expanded discovery and privacy management capabilities; a module that enables enterprises to store less data and simplify compliance; and the Atlas Discovery Cost Forecasting module, which provides forecasting and proactive control of discovery costs.

LECG rolls out consultant group for discovery strategies

LECG LLC , an expert services and consulting company, formed DiscoverC3, a team of consultants that focus on litigation discovery's initial phases so large corporations can mitigate risks, reduce gaps in communication and lower overall matter costs.


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