PangeaMT offers full e-Discovery services from ESI sources. Let us find the right content from million of sentences using advanced Natural Language Processing techniques
ediscovery, eDiscovery, or e-Discovery is the abbreviation for Electronic Discovery. It is often used in areas such as litigation, government investigations, or Freedom of Information Act requests. It refers to the finding among thousands or millions of sentences and words [i.e. discovery] of information in electronic format (often known as electronically stored information or ESI). e-Discovery is often used in legal proceedings or as response to a request for a particular law suit or investigation. It always happens electronically with the objective to identify, collect and produce information from ESI sources. ESI material includes, but is not limited to digital material such as audio and video files and voicemail (which will be typically transcribed as text) as well as emails, documents, presentations, databases, opinions in social media and blogs, web sites, etc.
For many, e-Discovery services are a kind of a mystery and an area that is approached with care and respect. Cases with foreign data and international litigation are increasingly frequent and they need to be addressed immediately.
eDiscovery Solutions from PangeaMT
Many believe that processes and technologies around e-Discovery are often complex because of the sheer volume of electronic data produced and stored. Unlike hardcopy evidence, electronic documents are more dynamic and often contain metadata such as time-date stamps, author and recipient information, and file properties. Preserving the original content and metadata for electronically stored information is required in order to eliminate claims of spoliation or tampering with evidence later in the litigation. Pangea knows how.
The ultimate goal of eDiscovery is to produce a core volume of evidence for litigation in a defensible manner.
Parties typically identify data on both sides of a matter and ask us to verify relevant documents (which can include electronic and hard-copy materials).
These materials are then placed under a legal hold – this means that they cannot be modified, deleted, erased or otherwise destroyed. Potentially relevant data is collected and then extracted, indexed and placed into a database. At this point, data is analyzed to cull or segregate the clearly non-relevant documents.
The data is then hosted in a secure environment and made accessible to reviewers who code the documents for their relevance to the legal matter (contract attorneys and paralegals are often used for this phase of the document review).
It can happen that sometimes the relevant documents are converted to a static format such as a PDF or an image (TIFF, PNG). It is then possible to add information on a privileged basis as long as that information is non-relevant. The use of Computer Assisted Review (“C.A.R.” or Technology Assisted Review, “T.A.R.”), predictive coding and other analytic software for e-Discovery reduces the number of documents required for review by attorneys, and allows the legal team to prioritize the documents it does review. Reduction in the number of documents cuts hours and thus costs.