Sunday, September 28, 2008

Litigation Support Companies Named to Inc 5000

Multiple companies that target the litigation support industry were recently named to the 2008 Inc 5000 list, an expansion of the Inc. 500, which Inc. introduced in 1982. The Inc. 5000 includes the Inc. 500 but digs deeper to offer the most comprehensive look ever at the entrepreneurial engine driving the U.S. economy.

Trial Solutions, which ranked 899th, is a leading end-to-end litigation support technology company offering the Litigation Support Ecosystem®, a single source solution to provide litigation support providers of law firms and the legal departments within the Fortune 1000 with the technology, services and consulting required to support the entire case lifecycle. Trial Solutions services the legal industry through its brands ImageDepot™, Attorney Solutions and Discovery Law in 90 metropolitan regions in the US and Canada.

Valora Tech, which ranked 3,786th, is the leading supplier of automated document processing solutions for litigation support. Their products and services are used to automate a wide range of manual processes, such as logical document division (unitization) and document indexing (coding) - saving significant time and money, and increasing quality.

Bridge City Legal which ranked 3,802th, is a premier litigation management and consulting company offering comprehensive tools for case management. Established in 1999, Bridge City Legal operates offices in Portland OR, Boise ID, and Las Vegas NV and regularly works with leading law firms and corporations on time sensitive projects and document intensive cases.

The Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2004 through 2007. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by the first week of 2004, and therefore able to show four full calendar years of sales. Additionally, they have to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent -- not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies. Revenue in 2004 must have been at least $200,000, and revenue in 2007 must have been at least $2 million.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Seagate Re-brands MetaLINCS and EVault as i365

SAN JOSE, Calif.-September 23, 2008-Seagate (NASDAQ:STX) today announced a comprehensive rebranding of its EVault™, MetaLINCS™, and Seagate Recovery Services companies, which were operating as a division of Seagate under the name Seagate Services. Collectively these companies will now be formally known and unified as i365™, A Seagate Company. Under this operating structure i365 has the agility, speed and efficiency to meet customer data management needs with its software, software as a service (SaaS) and managed service solutions, while continuing to be backed by the resources of an industry-leading corporation.

i365, A Seagate Company, focuses on the unique needs and expectations of small, mid-size and enterprise companies. The “i” in the name represents information—reflecting the company’s mission to provide businesses with protection, control and management of their business critical information and “365” for our commitment to be reliably available and accessible to our customers, both for their information and for our support.

The value proposition of i365 is to offer a combination of innovative technology, trusted services and support, and choice in delivery, deployment and management of products and services—all with unparalleled customer service. Building on its customer base of more than 22,000 small, mid-sized and enterprise customers, and its eight global data centers, the company is poised to continue its growth in North America and its expansion within European markets.

Navigant and Stratify Form Strategic eDiscovery Partnership

CHICAGO and MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – September 24, 2008 - Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: NCI), a global consulting firm providing dispute, investigative, operational, risk management and financial advisory solutions, and Stratify, Inc., a subsidiary of Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM) and leading global eDiscovery service provider, announce today that they have formalized a strategic partnership to provide law firms and legal departments with an end-to-end eDiscovery solution for early case assessment and high-productivity review.

Since 2005 Navigant Consulting and Stratify have successfully partnered on over 50 complex eDiscovery projects involving identification, preservation, collection, processing, review, analysis and production overseen by shared project management on eDiscovery matters. Navigant Consulting’s eDiscovery project management expertise combined with Stratify’s dynamic eDiscovery solution will offer major corporations and their legal counsel powerful and cost effective capabilities for fast and accurate document reviews in response to regulatory investigations and litigation. In addition, Navigant Consulting will integrate its Microsoft SharePoint technology with Stratify’s eDiscovery review environment to provide clients greater visibility into the status of their projects.

“Our strategic partnership with Stratify will provide companies with dynamic and unparalleled options to solve their most complex eDiscovery issues,” said Richard Finkelman, Managing Director and leader of Navigant Consulting’s Discovery Services practice. “A key element of the end-to-end service offering will be the integration between Navigant Consulting’s Discovery Portal and the Stratify Legal Discovery™ service. Clients will be able to access project information from the earliest preservation and collection efforts to the processing reports and review metrics. The ability to manage end-to-end eDiscovery information from one convenient and central location is a primary goal of the technology sharing,” added Finkelman.

Hobart West Group Acquired by Alexander Gallo Holdings

ATLANTA (September 26, 2008) – Alexander Gallo Holdings LLC announced today that it has completed an acquisition of The Hobart West Group, the parent company of Esquire Litigation Solutions, a leading provider of court reporting and litigation support services. As part of the transaction, Alexander Gallo Holdings acquires all The Hobart West Group subsidiaries, including Esquire Deposition Services, Esquire Litigation Solutions and DepoNet. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“The acquisition is squarely in line with our business strategy, positioning Alexander Gallo Holdings as one of the nation’s leading court reporting and litigation support services companies, with 12 companies and more than 60 locations nationwide,” said Alexander J. Gallo, president and chief executive officer. “Bringing the two companies together enables us to offer a wider array of services, bringing increased value to our clients in the court reporting, litigation support and eDiscovery arenas.”

The new company, which will be merged with existing Alexander Gallo Holdings companies Brown & Gallo, LRI, Paulson Reporting and Litigation Services, Associated Reporters, SetDepo, Jack Daniel Court Reporting & Video Services and Tankoos Reporting, now has the largest base of court reporters in the United States. Alexander Gallo Holdings offers an extensive suite of litigation support services, including court reporting, legal videography, videoconferencing, trial presentation services, document management and eDiscovery services.

A related transaction was reported as follows:
MENLO PARK, Calif. and ATLANTA, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Accel-KKR today announced the acquisition of a significant equity stake in Alexander Gallo Holdings, LLC, a privately-held court reporting and litigation support services company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The equity stake was purchased as part of Alexander Gallo Holdings' acquisition of The Hobart West Group, a major industry peer, in a transaction substantially funded by Accel-KKR. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Electronic Discovery, Governance, Risk Management and Compliance - Relationship Study

Governance, risk management and compliance (GRC), records and information management(RIM) and electronic discovery (E-Discovery) are three of the information management compliance (IMC) topics most written about, talked about, and blogged today. It appears that these three overlapping disciplines are driving significant organizational change, policy and procedure development and technology investment. But, what do these concepts really mean? More importantly, how do these concepts affect you and your business?

Kahn Consulting, Inc., in association with ARMA International, BNA Digital Discovery and E-Evidence, Business Trends Quarterly, and the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics, created and distributed a survey to over 400 organizations in fall 2008.

This groundbreaking survey was the first to take an integrated view of these three critical disciplines. The purpose of the survey was to gain an industry perspective on:
- Maturity of programs in each area
- Major challenges that organizations face in each area
- Industry views on the relationship between the three areas

Key Survey Findings
The great majority of companies are active in the three areas. Around 90% of the respondents indicated that their companies were addressing GRC, RIM and electronic discovery issues. Nearly 70% had or expected to make major changes in those areas within eighteen months.

Most companies are addressing policy areas first. Most firms working on e-discovery or GRC are making policy related changes, such as developing legal hold policies or engaging in a source mapping exercise. Externally focused activities, such as purchases of e-discovery tools or matter management software, are reported less frequently.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Applied Discovery Forms Strategic Alliance With CPA

ALEXANDRIA, VA - September 16, 2008 - CPA, a leading provider of outsourced legal support services and the world's top intellectual property (IP) management specialist, announced today it had entered into a strategic alliance with major electronic discovery software provider Applied Discovery Inc., a division of LexisNexis. The relationship, the first of its kind with Applied Discovery, will ensure that CPA's clients around the world benefit from a total review and e-discovery solution, with smooth coordination and integration between their software and service providers. These streamlined operations will significantly enhance the efficiency of servicing complex litigation cases.

In a further service enhancement, CPA's legal services team has recently received Applied Discovery certification status after completing Applied Discovery training and meeting the company's stringent certification standards.

The new alliance brings together two industry leaders, with CPA and Applied Discovery both having been ranked best-in-class in their respective fields. Applied Discovery was ranked as a top e-discovery service provider according to the 2008 Socha-Gelbmann 6th Annual Electronic Discovery Survey, and CPA was recently ranked as the number one Legal Document Review vendor by the Black Book of Outsourcing.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Near-Duplicate Technology Provider Equivio Launches Case Studies Contest

I have been ask to help judge and score the entries of the Equivio Case Studies Contest described below. The contest ends September 30, 2008.

Equivio offers breakthrough technology to detect near-duplicate files. Near-duplicates represent 30-50% of email and document repositories. By grouping the near-duplicates, Equivio helps optimize the document review process.

The contest allows e-discovery providers and clients that use Equivio to provide case studies about how Equivio's near-duplicate technology was used and what impact it had on their case.

Equivio has selected a distinguished panel of eDiscovery experts to judge and score the entries. The contestant with the highest cumulative score will win the grand prize, a dream vacation or home theater system, each valued at over $3,500. The second and third place contestants will win the finalist prize, an Epson printer valued at $200. Those who refer winning contestants will win a $100 Amazon gift card for each winner they refer.

Equivio reports that they have no interest in asking you about the confidential details of your cases and don't want the names of the parties. They just want to know how you used Equivio in one or more of your cases and what impact it had. And yes, this does mean you can submit more than one entry, thus increasing your odds of winning. (You can only win one prize, however.)

If you use Equivio, please enter the Equivio Case Studies Contest now. LINK

If you know someone who uses Equivio, please persuade them to enter the contest. Just make sure they enter your email address in the entry form to receive credit for the referral.

Entry Deadline: Tuesday September 30, 2008

RGL Acquires Computer Forensics and E-Discovery Provider Impact Forensics

September 11, 2008, Chicago, IL – RGL - Forensic Accountants & Consultants announced today that it has expanded its international forensic technology practice with the acquisition of Impact Forensics, a Chicago-based computer forensics and electronic discovery firm. The acquisition, which involves the owner and three former Impact Forensics employees, as well the procurement of computer and lab equipment, will enhance RGL’s ability to more broadly deliver the most advanced litigation technology services available to attorneys.

RGL launched its forensic technology practice in 2005 in response to increasing demand from litigation clients for expertise in e-discovery matters. With computer labs already established in Chicago and London, the firm serves a variety of domestic and international clients in the areas of digital evidence recovery, forensic data analysis and disclosure management services.