Growth in EDD's Future

Not surprised by the results of this survey! "Results are in for the fourth annual Socha-Gelbmann Electronic Discovery Survey, and here are highlights of the report. In general, spending continues to grow, although with changing processes and tightening prices some providers are beginning to feel the pinch. "Consolidation continues as well, with larger electronic-data-discovery providers buying smaller ones, and companies from outside the market looking for opportunities to enter what they see as a lucrative area. "Consumers and providers are showing greater sophistication when it comes to EDD but clearly, both groups have much to learn." Read more →

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Cost Savings through Outsourced Litigation Doc Review

News from a litigation support vendor based in Austin: "Tusker Group, LP, a global service organization providing business and knowledge process outsourcing today announced the availability of first level document review services via an outsourced model. "Tusker Group now offers first level document review to law firms and corporate counsel world-wide, utilizing a hybrid method that leverages its international operations with proprietary processes and technology. With proven methodologies, Tusker Group’s solution can offer savings up to 70% on typical first level document review projects, as compared to review done by domestic in-house or contract attorneys. By maintaining an internationally distributed... Read more →

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"alternative to ‘employing an army of paralegals’"

Well, this software could be both good & bad news: "KPMG Forensic, the UK unit responsible for fraud investigation, has agreed to purchase e-disclosure and investigations software solutions from Aungate, a specialists real-time enterprise governance developer. "The software is widely used by law enforcement and other agencies around the world and will enable KPMG forensic to investigate and review any electronic evidence from virtually any file format and in virtually any language. [snip] "Sanjay Bhandari, head of e-disclosure at KPMG, said the software offered an alternative to ‘employing an army of paralegals’ and said such technology was the ‘future of... Read more →

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1-800-Translate now supports foreign discovery translation

Well, this sounds like good news for lots of firms: "'With the internationalization of the practice of law and the growing importance of e-discovery, our clients in law firms and corporate legal departments face escalating demands for translation of foreign language data,' said Ken Clark, chief operations officer at 1-800-Translate. 'We've answered this challenge by developing a proprietary system that combines E-Discovery best practices with the best machine translation solutions available. Highly accurate machine translation enables attorneys to quickly access multilingual evidence at a fraction of the cost and time of the traditional foreign- language indexing, coding, and translation practices.'" Read more →

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Fort Worth “Paralegal of the Year” Joins Sales Staff

This seems like a rewarding way to use paralegal experience: "Litigation Solution, Inc. a regional leader in litigation support services including computer forensics, electronic discovery, document imaging, and trial support services for law firms and corporate legal departments today announced the expansion of its sales efforts with the appointment of four new sales consultants. The addition of the four new sales consultants effectively doubles the Litigation Solution sales staff in the Dallas – Fort Worth area. [snip] "Joining the Fort Worth office as a sales consultant is Ms. Jeannetta Castle. Jeannetta is a Certified Legal Assistant with more than fourteen... Read more →

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Lawyers & paralegals use multimedia software

...in the courtroom: "Today an increasing number of tech-savvy trial attorneys are turning to multimedia solutions to highlight critical evidence and testimony at trial. "With a well-organized multimedia presentation, skilled trial attorneys can wage in-court arguments and deliver powerful closing statements, seamlessly integrating key evidence and even impeaching or discrediting critical witnesses by replaying previously given testimony. "To deliver these sophisticated media presentations, attorneys are using case-building software programs to help organize and display the literally hundreds, even thousands, of evidentiary documents and exhibits that must be presented to juries. [snip] "San Diego-based Peterson Reporting, Video and Litigation Services employs... Read more →

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Veteran Litigation Service Providers Forge National Co.

Wonder how well this idea will work: "Twelve regional litigation service firms have joined forces to launch CausaFirma, LLC, the first national company to offer standardized and integrated support services from discovery through trial presentation. "The partners, selected for their leadership roles in their own markets, have developed a process for delivering consistently high quality litigation support services that are uniform in appearance and functionality. "Launched at the ABA Tech Show [PDF link], April 20-21 in Chicago, CausaFirma provides high-end trial technologies, court reporting, video technologies, online case management and a wide range of new media services, including graphics, multimedia,... Read more →

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Demo the Latest Legal Techology

Ooh, we love new technology! "See the latest in legal tech! Law.com's Legal Technology Video Showcase gives you some of the best highlights of legal technology in one place. View videos of the latest vendor products, commentary from industry experts, and learn about what Law.com's Legal Technology Super Section has to offer." Read more →

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"Gear Up for Great War Rooms"

Excellent how-to info from Legal Times: "When most people use the term 'war room,' they might conjure up images of camouflaged men and the thud-thud-thud of helicopter blades. But in reality, a properly planned litigation war room can become a respite from the day-to-day grind of trial -- a place where, in addition to everything else, you can brainstorm new ideas and strategies with your fellow trial attorneys. "A properly planned war room can be a sanctuary, where you can run and make extra copies, grab a backup CD because yours does not work or fax an important document to... Read more →

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"Firm keeps an eagle eye on clients' legal bills"

Interesting news about a company that audits legal bills: "Harry Maue tried to start a legal auditing business three times before getting his company off the ground in 1985. "Stuart, Maue, Mitchell & James Ltd. of Bridgeton helps companies manage their legal bills, which can be a mystifying and burgeoning expense in a litigious society. [snip] "The third time, an article about the Bridgeton company in Inc. magazine helped Maue land a contract with an insurance company in California. "The insurer suspected that defense and plaintiff's lawyers were padding their bills. Maue and his auditors worked closely with postal inspectors,... Read more →

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