For this and my next two blog columns I’d like to spotlight a case history about how we worked with Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP is a leading law firm ranked by The National Law Journal as one of the largest firms in the nation. The firm represented a client with a complex eDiscovery challenge. Due to pending litigation, Lewis Brisbois was tasked with collecting more than a terabyte of potentially relevant information contained in electronic client documents. Compounding the challenge was the fact that some of the documents were in a foreign language and an extensive amount of evidence had to be collected overseas for review by the firm’s attorneys in the U.S. Lewis Brisbois tapped Canon Business Process Services to leverage their ongoing relationship to collaborate on this and other large eDiscovery matters.
Lewis Brisbois faced at least three serious challenges. The first was that the potentially responsive electronically-stored-information (ESI) totaled more than one terabyte. The firm’s client had limited financial resources and using the conventional first-pass linear review of culled and filtered documents could have exceeded $5 million in cost and consumed a significant amount of attorney review time. A more cost- and time-effective solution had to be developed.
Second, the logistics associated with collecting data in a foreign jurisdiction with different limitations on exporting information were further complicated by the distance and remote locations involved.
Third, the normal issues of sheer volume and tight deadlines for production were compounded when Lewis Brisbois learned an executive with the firm’s client had inadvertently deleted case-related documents on his laptop after leaving the company. He was a key custodian and the opposing party sought sanctions for spoliation.
Lewis Brisbois confronted these challenges by teaming with Canon Business Process Services to help the firm reduce attorney review time and costs associated with managing such a large amount of data. I’ll highlight the solution in my next column. In the meantime, please feel free to visit http://www.cbps.canon.com for additional insights into effective document management strategies and eDiscovery solutions that can help advance your organization’s programs to a higher level.