There has been much discussion within the e-discovery industry of late about the Gartner Inc. research report, Magic Quadrant for E-Discovery Software. Anyone who read the report knows that Gartner placed high value on automation within an e-discovery platform. Gartner said that “as much automation as possible” is the right approach because of its cost-effectiveness for customers and the leveragability it offers vendors. Gartner cited Catalyt’s ever-increasing automation of its platform as a reason for placing it in the “visionaries” quadrant.
Today, Catalyst took a significant step forward in automation and user control with the release of the Catalyst CR Production Module. The module enables users of the Catalyst CR search and review platform to take command of every step of a production, from selecting the documents to produce through delivering them when the production is complete.
Working directly through the Production Module’s interface, the user is able to do everything from customizing the production criteria and adding the documents to be produced to checking the documents prior to running the production and selecting where the production documents are delivered. Full control enables the user to monitor all aspects of the production and manage any errors that are caused by events such as document conversion failures.
With the release of the Production Module, Catalyst offers true end-to-end automation of all the core functions of the e-discovery lifecycle, from processing to production. That makes it easier for users to meet tight deadlines, avoid mistakes and manage costs.
To learn more about the Production Module, read the full announcement.
Corporate Counsel magazine recently issued a report that should cause multi-national corporations and their counsel to pay attention: Trend Watch: Foreign Bribery Actions Doubled Last Year.
Specifically, the magazine reported that enforcement actions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) nearly doubled in 2010, rising to 76 (with complaints against 23 companies and 53 individuals). In 2009, the SEC and Justice Department brought 45 actions (against 12 corporations and 33 individuals). That number was a significant jump again from 2008 when the government brought 37 actions against companies and individuals.
The pace seems to be continuing as well. This month, Paul Hastings, one of the leading international firms advising on FCPA investigations, issued its first Quarterly FCPA Report for 2011 [PDF]. So far this year, it reports, enforcement continues apace, with actions brought against four companies and seven individuals, along with a blockbuster forfeiture and a number of guilty pleas and settlements. The forfeiture amounted to nearly $149 million and related to a high-profile arms contract case involving 22 indicted defendants. Continue reading
Over the years, Catalyst technology has powered e-discovery and document management in a number of high-profile federal criminal and civil cases. Now, federal agencies will be able to obtain e-discovery services in a speedier and more streamlined manner, thanks to the decision last week by the U.S. General Services Administration to approve Catalyst as an IDIQ Multiple-Award Schedules contractor.
The IDIQ (“indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity”) contract authorizes federal agencies to do business with Catalyst directly, making it easier for agencies to obtain e-discovery services when they need them. The contract (contract number GS-03F-0091X) authorizes Catalyst to provide services in two categories: litigation support (GSA Special Item Number 51-508) and document conversion (GSA Special Item Number 51-506). The contract, which took effect March 1, is for an initial term of five years with three five-year options to renew.
Even before this contract was in place, the U.S. government had retained Catalyst in a number of cases that required the highest level of security and the ability to access documents electronically from multiple locations through a cloud-based application. Most recently, the U.S. Justice Department approved Catalyst to provide e-discovery and document management services in the highly sensitive federal criminal prosecution of an alleged member of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization.
Earlier, officials of the GSA, the Justice Department and the Federal Public Defenders Office approved Catalyst to host sensitive documents related to the prosecution of Zacarias Moussaoui for conspiring to kill U.S. citizens as part of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. During the course of that prosecution, in an unprecedented move, the federal judge overseeing the trial ordered that Moussaoui be given Internet access to the documents hosted by Catalyst directly from his prison cell.
For more information about the contract, read Catalyst’s press release.
Reviewers using Catalyst CR achieved a document review rate three times the industry standard, an independent statistical-analysis firm found. Reviewers conducting a responsiveness review of electronic documents achieved an average rate of 142 documents per hour using Catalyst CR. The industry norm is generally pegged at between 20 and 50 documents per hour.
The study of review rates was conducted by Gary McClelland, principal of Bolder Stats, an independent statistical consulting and data analysis firm, and a professor of psychology, statistics and data analysis at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
McClelland analyzed data for 51 first-level reviewers who conducted both responsiveness and privilege reviews using Catalyst CR. They were part of a team that had a 90-day deadline to review more than 4 million documents for a U.S. Justice Department second request.
Based on his analysis of the data, McClelland concluded that the average rate of responsiveness review was 142 documents per hour, a rate he described as “dramatically faster” than the industry norm. Some of the reviewers achieved rates as high as 220 documents per hour. Continue reading
Catalyst today announced the release of version 9.0 of Catalyst CR, the company’s flagship search, review and analytics platform for litigation support, regulatory compliance and other document-intensive matters. Incorporating many user-requested enhancements, the latest version features a fully integrated production module, enhanced analytics and a new user interface. Continue reading
[From time to time, Patty Daly, Catalyst's director of training, will provide useful tips on using Catalyst products.]
In Catalyst CR, using the “Tag All” feature can save you time when you want to code family members or duplicates all at one time. Be aware of how this works.
FACT: Coding a document with the Tag All box checked will apply that coding to all of the documents in the relationship. FICTION: The coding that is applied to the document will be applied to all of the documents in the relationship if you use the Tag All box. Don’t be fooled by this untrue statement. If you don’t update or touch a field, that field will be ignored when you click Save.
Here is an example. Suppose I have Documents 1, 2 and 3 and the fields “ReviewStatus” and “Issues.” Document 1 has Issues marked as “damages” while Document 2 has Issues marked as “antitrust.” I update Document 1 to and change the ReviewStatus field to “ForFurtherReview” and I use the Tag All checkbox. All three of the documents will now have “ForFurtherReview” in the ReviewStatus field, but Document 1 will still have “damages” in the Issues field and Document 2 will still have “antitrust” in Issues.
If my goal is to mark all documents the exact same way as Document 1, I would have to use the Tag All and update both fields. How do you update a field that doesn’t need updating? Well, there are a couple of ways to do this. You could change “damages” to some other issue, click Save and then change it back to “damages” using the Tag All and click Save again. Or, you could update Document 2 and change “antitrust” to “damages,” check the Tag All and click Save. All the documents will then get the “damages” tag because you changed it from “antitrust” to “damages” using the Tag All checkbox.
“The Catalyst team has been busy integrating new conceptual and organizational technology into the user workflow of their Catalyst CR platform,” writes e-discovery consultant Greg Buckles in an article posted this week to eDiscovery Journal. During last week’s AIIM Expo in Philadelphia, where Catalyst exhibited and participated in an educational panel, Buckles was given a chance to tour Catalyst CR, the grid-based search and review platform for litigation, compliance and due diligence.
In the article, Buckles offered praise for Catalyst’s Fast Track system for processing and loading documents automatically. He also liked such features as automated translation of foreign-language documents, Catalyst’s use of the FAST Instream search engine to index, expanded concept analytics and intelligent text filtering, embedded Equivio document-comparison functionality, and a “more like this” search expansion feature.
Read the full review by Buckles at eDiscovery Journal.