International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) Conference
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—August 26, 2008—Clearwell Systems, Inc., a leader in Intelligent E-Discovery, today announced “Transparent Search,” a set of ground-breaking capabilities in the processing, analysis, and review of electronically stored information (ESI). Available with version 4.0 of the Clearwell E-Discovery Platform®, Transparent Search enables corporations and law firms to defensibly employ best practices during the e-discovery search process.
“Cases like Victor Stanley, O’Keefe, and Equity Analytics demonstrate that, while keyword searches are useful for coping with the dramatic rise in the volume of ESI, there are limitations with today’s keyword search technologies,” said Deena Coffman, Discovery Director, Johnson & Johnson. “These shortcomings are addressed by Clearwell’s Transparent Search which provides attorneys and litigation support professionals with the ability to test the efficacy of their keyword lists and refine their word selection in preparation for 26(f) conferences. This added level of insight dramatically reduces processing and review cost while bolstering defensibility to the new levels now being mandated by current case law.”
“Black Box” Search vs. Transparent Search
In several recent decisions (e.g., Victor Stanley v. Creative Pipe), the courts have required parties to show how search results are obtained. This presents significant challenges for common search tools which take a “black box” approach whereby keywords are fed into one end, and results are produced on the other with no visibility into how or why a query found the documents it produced. Furthermore, enterprise search technologies make it difficult to iteratively refine searches through use of best practice testing and sampling techniques, and tend to produce over-inclusive or under-inclusive results.
In contrast, Clearwell’s Transparent Search delivers a new set of capabilities that enables a more defensible e-discovery search process, and reduces the over- and under-inclusiveness of keyword search. The major components of Transparent Search are as follows:
“Recent case law is driving a sea change in e-discovery search, and forcing enterprises and law firms to ‘show their work’ in the courtroom,” said Kamal Shah, vice president of product management and marketing, Clearwell Systems. “Transparent Search is the first technology that caters to the unique requirements of lawyers and litigation support professionals by enabling testing, sampling, and iterative refinement of keyword searches. As a result, legal teams can now devise more defensible search strategies, better collaborate on keyword search terms, and dramatically reduce false positives and irrelevant documents prior to review.”
Clearwell Systems will be showcasing its Transparent Search capabilities at the Annual International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) Educational Conference to be held from August 25 to 28, 2008 in Grapevine, Texas.
About Clearwell Systems
Clearwell Systems is transforming the way enterprises perform e-discovery in response to litigation, regulatory inquiries, and corporate investigations. By automating the processing, analysis and review of all electronically stored information, Clearwell enables enterprises to accelerate early case assessments, lower processing costs, reduce review workload, and gain control of e-discovery. Clearwell was ranked a Top 5 e-discovery software provider overall as well as a Top 5 e-discovery provider for processing, analysis, review, and production in the 2008 Socha-Gelbmann Electronic Discovery Survey. For more information, visit www.clearwellsystems.com or read the E-discovery 2.0 blog at: http://www.clearwellsystems.com/e-discovery-blog/.