Traditional linear review is a dying solution, as technology has been both proven and embraced by the courts for analyzing, reviewing, and organizing data prior to review. However, some clients are having trouble keeping pace because directing a technology-driven data reduction process is not a core competency of their teams or counsel. Since ediscovery is typically managed with limited resources, many clients do not attempt further reduction of the document population prior to review. Rather, they defer to the traditional process of loading everything into a hosting platform for review, resulting in unnecessary review time and expense. Additionally, legal teams are not able to easily interact with rapidly expanding data sets to validate search results until they are in a review platform, at which time, the bulk of ediscovery costs have already been incurred.
“[T]he major cost component [of ediscovery costs]… was the review of documents for relevance, responsiveness, and privilege (typically about 73 percent)…” (2012) Rand Report, Where the Money Goes.
Lighthouse’s Focus Discovery team alleviates these pain points by executing custom analysis to support clients in navigating the various stages of the ediscovery process, including pre-review analytics, predictive coding, conceptual analysis, and privilege review categorization. The team meets with you and your counsel to gain a substantive understanding of the case and, based on your strategy, creates a customized approach to leverage technology in support of review. Just as every case varies, the tools used in Focus Discovery will vary in order to maximize results. Best of all, you are only charged on documents that are removed from the review set, so you are guaranteed to lower your review costs.
After creating a customized strategy, the Focus Discovery team analyzes client data to further cull documents beyond industry standard objective reduction. Our team conducts a multidimensional analysis, including across search terms, file types, and other metadata associated with each data set. From there, our specialists can narrow down data volume by identifying non-relevant material and making precise substantive recommendations to be applied across the entire set of documents. After materials have been identified and culled, the team will provide a reduction status report to you and consult on next steps.
Technology-enabled data reduction
The team uses technology assisted technology (TAR) to make substantive determination of responsiveness. These mass determinations allow our team to both accelerate the rate at which we reduce the amount of documents left for traditional linear review and categorize and prioritize the remaining data. Additionally, the Focus Discovery team’s substantive case analysis and deep understanding of the TAR technology allows them to provide more strategic, proactive recommendations to streamline the TAR.
With Focus Discovery, we only charge for the documents we eliminate, so your savings always outweigh your costs.
The Lighthouse Focus Discovery team serves as an extension of your group by deploying a unique combination of substantive assessments and technology applications to proactively reduce document volume. Comprised of former review attorneys and data analysis experts, the Focus Discovery team helps you understand what is in your data and make decisions about it. By eliminating large sets of irrelevant documents prior to linear review, this service lowers the time and expense of traditional post-processing document review.