As big data makes it more complicated for enterprises to respond to discovery and regulatory requests in U.S. legal matters, many are finding that there are multiple advantages in moving their e-discovery efforts to the cloud. Recently, based on its interview with Catalyst founder and CEO John Tredennick, the digital magazine eWeek published a slideshow, E-Discovery Management More Effective in the Cloud: 10 Reasons Why. Click the image below to go to the full slideshow.
Catalyst today announced the release of “Insight Mo Bettah Review,” a suite of seven new e-discovery review applications designed to help clients manage problem data and help review teams break up the monotony of their daily work.
The apps, which are fully integrated with Insight, Catalyst’s flagship e-discovery cloud repository, include Read-acted, a tool that helps you remove text you wish a document didn’t contain; Privlish, an app that applies intelligent algorithms to calculate the level of legalese required to allow a document to be tagged as privileged; and Defensible Deletion, Catalyst’s proprietary one-step deletion process.
Other apps announced today include Gaming & Social Media, Emoticon Integration, Pizza! and the Morgan Freemanizer. For details on what these apps do, read the full press release.
“We are excited to announce the launch of these new review enhancement applications,” stated John Tredennick, Catalyst’s CEO, founder and person who most often runs the dishwasher. “Review costs make up over 73% of the e-discovery spend so we are focused on ways to reduce the volume of documents that have to be reviewed. Even with our Predictive Ranking engine, we can’t get rid of all the documents and many have troublesome information in them that our clients wish would just go away.”
“We knew our clients wanted better ways to get rid of unpleasant facts but we also know that our reviewers were bored to death reading the kind of irrelevant pablum that remained after we cleaned out the good stuff,” added Larry Barela, Catalyst’s head of Product. he added. “These seven review applications addressed both problems creating a win/win for everyone involved. I can’t wait to see their smiling faces.”
As e-discovery reaches across borders into Asia, global companies face new and often unfamiliar challenges. Whatever the nature of the case, if it involves electronic information stored in China, Japan, Korea or elsewhere in Asia, be advised: You’ll be managing case files differently than you would be if you were in the United States.
The challenges presented in managing electronic files in Asia stem from many causes—some geographical, some technical and some cultural.
In Asian countries, the laws governing data and privacy are quite different than in the U.S. For example, in China, collecting and exporting data involving “state secrets” can get you thrown in jail. In Japan, taking data out and hosting it in the U.S. may cause you to lose your client.
Language, too, presents multiple challenges. The so-called CJK languages (Chinese, Japanese and Korean) are the most difficult to process, search and review. Mangle the processing and you lose your data. Mess up the search and you may as well have lost your data. Either way, your review becomes costly and ineffective.
In an article published in the February/March 2013 issue of Todays General Counsel magazine, “Challenges of Asian Language E-Discovery,” John Tredennick, President and CEO of Catalyst, and W. Peter Cladouhos, Esq., firm-wide Practice Support Electronic Discovery Consultant for Paul Hastings LLP, outline some of the most common, and the most critical, challenges companies face when handling Asian data and keeping Asian e-discovery on track and on budget.
Catalyst Insight is “blazing fast for document review,” nationally known e-discovery consultant Brett Burney writes in a review published by Law Technology News (Product Review: Catalyst Insight). Burney recently tested Insight–Catalyst’s next-generation e-discovery platform–and described the experience as having seen the future of Big Data search.
I found Catalyst Insight to be blazing fast compared to numerous other review platforms. The Catalyst team promises more tweaks and updates very soon including a process for lawyers to help train the system for predictive coding.
Using Insight makes me believe I’ve seen the future of how we will search “Big Data.” It’s not that anything’s wrong with our current systems, but the fact that a veteran vendor like Catalyst is looking to new technologies tells me that it may be time for others to start considering other alternatives as well.
In the review, Burney describes his search of an account containing nearly 9 million records, including the Enron data set. Wanting to see how easily he could find an Enron email he knew of, he began typing his query using Insight’s Free-Form Search. First he typed “lunch” and could see his record count drop to 83,191 in under a second. Then he typed “shred” and saw the count instantly drop to 52. He hit the search button and found his email right away.
The story here isn’t that I found my email — I can perform the same search in any platform and (probably) get the same result. The story is how responsive Catalyst Insight was to my search. I don’t want to simply call it “fast,” I would describe it as “immediately responsive” because the system was running my search in the background before I even hit the search button. I could experiment with search terms and immediately see the number of potential results.
Burney’s review goes into much greater detail about Insight’s multiple search options, its different ways to view documents, and its features for redacting, printing and exploring. Be sure to read his full review at Law Technology News.
The Japan Society and Catalyst are presenting a free breakfast panel tomorrow, Oct. 23, Global Fraud — Managing International Investigations. The panel features two Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partners, Joel M. Cohen and Lee G. Dunst, together with John Tredennick, Catalyst’s CEO, discussing the heightened global enforcement enforcement of anti-corruption laws, including the FCPA and the U.K. Bribery Act.
Here is the program description:
Government regulators around the world are instituting new anti-corruption laws and enforcing them with greater vigor. U.S. criminal and civil regulators have broadened their focus recently to investigate alleged improper conduct outside the U.S. Penalties can include heavy fines and lengthy prison sentences—not the only costs and, frequently, not the most significant consequences. This program addresses the evolution of FCPA, UK Bribery Act and other anti-corruption enforcement efforts; strategic issues to consider when responding to government requests for evidence located outside the U.S., including data privacy, eDiscovery and general cooperation principles; and balancing the company’s response with the demands of the local government and laws.
The free program begins at 8 a.m. with registration and a buffet breakfast. The panel discussion is 8:30 to 10 a.m. The program is free, but preregistration is required. Registration information is available from the Japan Society.
In a post here last March, we told you about Lone Star Document Management, a company that had filed a string of patent infringement lawsuits against a number of e-discovery and legal technology vendors, including Catalyst. The lawsuits claimed infringement of U.S. patent 6,918,082, which describes a system for proofing PDF documents delivered over a network.
On Friday, Lone Star announced that it had settled its lawsuit against e-discovery company Case Central, with Case Central signing a license agreement for the patent. That brought to 16 the number of companies that have signed license agreements with Lone Star, the announcement said.
In addition to Case Central, three other e-discovery companies have settled with Lone Star: CloudNine Discovery, Digital Reef Inc., and Lexbe LLC. License agreements have also been signed by Motive Systems (now M-Files); ITAZ Technologies; Intelledox Inc.; Alfresco Software; Adlib Publishing Systems; Hyland Software; Paperhost.com; VIZit Software; Appligent DSI; Atalasoft; Gallivan, Gallivan & O’Melia; and CAP Digisoft, Inc.
That leaves Lone Star with two two active lawsuits, one against Catalyst and another against Compulink Management Center Inc., reporter Evan Koblentz of Law Technology News reported yesterday. The two companies are cooperating in a joint defense pool.
Back when the lawsuits were announced, Catalyst CEO John Tredennick told Koblentz that he considered them “baloney.” Some of the patent’s claims do not apply to e-discovery software, he said then, and those that do – such as the ability for users to add comments to documents – were standard methods well before this patent was filed in 1998.
This week, Tredennick reiterated his intent to fight the case. “We are still fighting this thing,” he told Koblentz. “Somebody’s got to stand up for e-discovery around here.”
“We certainly haven’t settled,” Tredennick continued. “We’ll stand up for the e-discovery industry. The question plain and simple was whether somebody thought of putting images on a network for litigation before 1998.”
As the cost of e-discovery continues to grow, counsel increasingly rely on keyword searching and technology assisted review to reduce review costs. At the same time, courts increasingly scrutinize the validity of search techniques as well as the competence of lawyers to employ these techniques.
On Sept. 13 in Cincinnati, Ohio, this free luncheon and CLE seminar will cover the evolving rules on keyword searching and provide practical tips to ensure that your search techniques are up to par. It will also discuss technology-assisted review and ways to streamline the review process.
Cosponsored by Catalyst and Document Solutions Inc., the seminar will cover:
- The search cases: From O’Keefe to Mt. Hawley Insurance and beyond—Are lawyers qualified to craft and run their own search methodologies? If not, what should you be doing?
- Defensibility of search protocol: What you must do to ensure that inadvertently produced privileged documents will be returned and not used in the case pursuant to FRE 502 and “clawback agreements.”
- Tips and techniques to find privileged documents: Practical advice from search experts on how to find privileged documents and improve your search strategy.
- Advanced analytical techniques for managing large document populations: New statistical and mathematical techniques to find relevant documents and pare down document populations to target relevant documents.
- Technology-assisted review: How technology can assist in streamlining the review process, including managing work product across multiple matters, predictive coding or customizing a platform to automate tasks such as creating privilege logs.
Michael Arkfeld: Nationally renowned attorney, speaker and author of several books on e-discovery, including The Digital Practice of Law and Arkfeld’s Best Practices Guides for Electronic Discovery and Evidence.
John Tredennick: Founder of Catalyst Repository Systems, Inc., which provides secure, hosted document repositories, and former trial lawyer and litigation partner with 20 years of experience.
Tom Turner: President and co-founder of Document Solutions Inc. (DSi), which provides advanced e-discovery and digital forensics services, as well as traditional litigation support, Tom is a speaker and author of numerous published articles and white papers.
Additional members of the roundtable panel:
Julie Brown: Litigation Technology Executive Manager at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, she also serves on the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) advisory committee, is a leader on the EDRM Metrics Project, and is a member of Sedona.
Stephanie Maw: E-Discovery/Litigation Support Director at Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL and member of KMK’s E-Discovery Task Force. Previously she worked as an independent litigation technology consultant with several AmLaw 100 Firms.
Mark Walker: DSi VP of Operations, Mark is a nationally renowned e-discovery expert who has worked with many of the world’s largest corporations. He has authored five books on e-discovery and digital forensics and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and webinars.
John Burchfield, DSi Vice President of Business Development, will moderate the seminar.
This seminar is CLE certified in Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana.
The Sept. 13 seminar begins at noon with a lunch buffet. The presentation on search will be 12:30 to 2 p.m., after which a roundtable discussion will continue until 3 p.m. The seminar will be held at the Great American Ballpark, Riverfront Club, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati.
For a brief video preview and to register, follow this link.
At the annual conference of the International Legal Technology Association in Washington, D.C., today, Catalyst formally launched Catalyst Insight, its next-generation e-discovery platform. I could tell you how cool Insight is, but why should you have to take my word for it when I can offer this great testimonial from William Hamilton, partner at Quarles & Brady and adjunct professor of e-discovery at the University of Florida Levin College of Law:
Insight’s speed and scalability is stunning. This latest Catalyst offering is built on an XML platform that presents one eye-popping feature after another.
If you happen to be attending ILTA, you can see those eye-popping features for yourself at the Catalyst exhibit, Booth 517. If you’re not at ILTA, then read today’s press release or visit the Catalyst Insight web page.
For the third year running, Inc. magazine has named Catalyst to the Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. In this year’s ranking, Catalyst came in at 3,162. Of companies headquartered in Denver, Catalyst ranked #59 on the list.
Last year, in the 2011 Inc. 5000, Catalyst was ranked 2,237 overall and 49th among companies headquartered in Denver. In the 2010 ranking, Catalyst was listed 1,117 overall, with a 269% three-year growth rate, and 76th among U.S. software companies.
The Inc. 5000 represents a comprehensive analysis of what it calls “the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs.” Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/5000.
The full Catalyst announcement of this year’s ranking is available here.
The International Legal Technology Association holds its annual conference Aug. 26-30 in Washington, D.C. If you are attending, be sure to visit Catalyst in the exhibit hall at Booth 517. You’ll be able to test drive Insight, Catalyst’s next-generation e-discovery platform. Engineered from the ground up, Insight is an all new e-discovery platform — the first in the industry to harness the power of an XML engine. Insight delivers lightning-fast speed, astounding analytics and no-limits scalability.
While you’re at the booth, you’ll be able to register to win an iPhone 5 and a 3TB drive.