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Web Interface and Early Case Assessment Feature on EnCase eDiscovery

Guidance Software : 21 January, 2010  (New Product)
Released in Version 4, EnCase eDiscovery from Guidance Software now includes and integrated software package for both legal and IT personnel dealing in electronic discovery
Guidance Software has announced Version 4 of EnCase eDiscovery. It provides legal and IT teams with one integrated software solution that delivers all of the functionality that organizations desire for in-house electronic discovery, including:

* Legal Hold
* Pre-collection Analytics
* Identification, Preservation, and Collection
* Processing, Analysis, and Early Case Assessment
* First-Pass Review

Rather than trying to integrate incompatible point solutions for each discrete step in the electronic discovery process - and trying to train users on, and transfer information from, point solution to point solution - with Version 4 of EnCase eDiscovery organizations have a single, fully integrated solution that maintains and protects case and custodian data throughout the process, thereby reducing risk and lowering costs.

In contrast to other products, in which analysis and review can be performed only after collection and processing is complete, EnCase eDiscovery's new analysis and first-pass review capabilities can be utilized at any stage of the electronic discovery process, such as during collection, post collection, or during and after processing. Coupled with its unique pre-collection analytics capability - which allows 'data maps' to be quickly created - EnCase eDiscovery enables organizations to rapidly understand case facts, better prepare for 'meet and confer' conferences, negotiate keywords with opponents, and perform first-pass review in-house to reduce data sets prior to outside attorney review, thereby increasing speed and reducing cost. Because the analysis and first-pass review capabilities are web-based, attorneys and paralegals can test keywords, view data, and tag documents from their desktops or laptops, without having to install any software to do so.

'The eDiscovery market has been fragmented, lacking a fully integrated solution, and instead relying on multiple point solutions, which breeds inefficiencies, causes delays, and increases risks, and, ultimately, costs,' said Christine Taylor, Analyst, The Taneja Group. 'Typically, in any given technology market, the introduction of integrated offerings drives broader technology adoption, and the eDiscovery market should be no different.'

Key features of Version 4 include:

* Legal Hold: providing hold notification, including reminders, and online custodian interviewing, with customizable questions, and with legal hold data (status of hold, answers to questions, etc.) stored in the same case database used to track collection, processing, analysis, and first-pass review activities.
* Pre-Collection Analytics: enabling data maps of potential custodians to be created prior to collection, processing, or analysis, so that counsel can understand the data universe before discovery begins.
* Identification, Preservation, and Collection: Version 4 continues to provide unmatched capabilities, enabling rapid, targeted data collection and preservation from laptops, desktops, servers, and content management systems, while preserving collected data in EnCase's famous 'evidence file' format.
* Processing, Analysis, and Early Case Assessment: enabling filtering of data at any stage in the electronic discovery process; features include email threading, full audit trail of search history, display of unique documents per keyword or search expression (to enable keyword negotiation), export to PDF format, and more.
* First-Pass Review: including content viewing in a browser window, with hit highlighting, fully customizable tagging and classification of data, and an audit trail for defensibility.

'The integration provided by Version 4 of EnCase eDiscovery means that organizations performing electronic discovery no longer have to transfer data sets or custodian information from application to application,' said Victor Limongelli, President and CEO of Guidance Software. 'The result is increased speed, lower costs, and lower risk for our customers.'

Version 4 of EnCase eDiscovery will be demonstrated at LegalTech in New York from February 1 through 3, 2010, and is expected to be generally available in the second quarter of 2010.
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