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New Release of Clearwell E-discovery Platform Raises the Bar for Enterprise-class E-discovery Management

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—January 29, 2008—Clearwell Systems, Inc., a leader in Intelligent E-Discovery, today announced availability of version 3.0 of the Clearwell E-Discovery Platform®, raising the bar for processing, analysis and review of electronically stored information (ESI). The new version delivers the industry's first enterprise-class e-discovery management platform that enables legal, compliance, information security, forensics and IT teams to seamlessly manage all of their legal, regulatory and investigative matters with a single application.

"One of the things I like about Clearwell is its ability to easily manage multiple cases and provide case-specific access to users on our team, all within a single application," said Jay Brudz, senior counsel for Legal Technology at GE. "Additionally, Clearwell's superior processing, searching, culling and analysis capabilities have made it possible for us to effectively bring a portion of e-discovery in-house and significantly reduce costs."

The Clearwell E-Discovery Platform is fully operational within the enterprise in less than 25 minutes and provides users with immediate visibility into case facts, significantly accelerating early case analysis. Clearwell's advanced searching, culling and filtering capabilities enable enterprises to quickly eliminate irrelevant documents, false positives, and privileged information, lowering processing costs and reducing review workload. Clearwell's case management and reporting capabilities monitor progress in real-time, providing greater control of the e-discovery process. Further, Clearwell seamlessly integrates with litigation support databases for production.

In the recent Gartner, Inc., MarketScope for E-Discovery and Litigation Support Vendors report , Clearwell received a 'Positive' rating. In the report, Gartner research VP Debra Logan2 said, "Enterprises purchasing e-discovery software can reduce the costs of litigation by improving their control over unstructured content, including e-mail. Also, they can cut costs and risks by taking control of litigation hold, litigation-hold tracking, file collection, file processing and legal review instead of outsourcing these functions. Clients have reported that they have saved money on storage, legal discovery services and outside law-firm spending by purchasing e-discovery software this year."

The version 3.0 release of the Clearwell E-Discovery Platform has more than 60 new features including:

  • Distributed, 64-bit, case-based architecture: Delivers enterprise-class scalability to simultaneously manage all legal matters with a single application, with case-specific dashboards, security, auditing and reporting. Not only can enterprises add additional Clearwell appliances with a single click, but with version 3.0 they can also centrally administer cases across the entire cluster of appliances.
  • Dynamic processing: Provides unparalleled flexibility to "de-duplicate" across the entire case data set (versus just custodian) to reduce analysis and review workload. Every reference to a document is tracked and users can "un-duplicate" by custodian during export to outside or opposing counsel. The product also supports easy integration with third-party litigation support databases via Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) compliant XML load file.
  • Intelligent searching and culling: Enables rapid and iterative filtering by custodian, domain, organization, group, internal or external communication and file type. With a single click, users can filter irrelevant documents and false positives across the entire case dataset containing millions of documents, and are not limited to a small subset. SmartTagging capabilities deliver automatic coding of documents based on pre-defined criteria, speeding up the analysis and review process.
  • Enhanced review: Increases reviewer productivity by optimizing screen real estate, reducing mouse movement and number of clicks and enabling end-user customizations. Advanced case management capabilities make it easy to assign cases and review sets among different reviewers. The product automatically creates a "privilege log" report for selected documents (e.g. all documents tagged as "privileged").
  • Expanded support for data sources and foreign languages: Supports over 400 document types and in 16 languages. Supported document types include multiple versions of Lotus Notes NSF, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft PST, Microsoft Office and Adobe PDF, as well as numerous other document, spreadsheet and presentation formats. The product also delivers deeper integration with HP Integrated Archive Platform and Symantec Enterprise Vault.

"We're seeing a shift in the way enterprises address e-discovery, with many legal, security and compliance teams seeking in-house solutions to accelerate early case assessments, lower costs and gain control of e-discovery," said Kamal Shah, vice president of product management and marketing at Clearwell Systems. "With Clearwell 3.0, enterprise customers can now manage hundreds of cases and thousands of users within a single deployment, further increasing the ROI from adopting e-discovery technology."

About Clearwell Systems

Clearwell Systems, a leader in Intelligent E-Discovery, is transforming the way enterprises conduct e-discovery in response to litigation, regulatory inquiries, and corporate investigations. By automating the processing, analysis and review of 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 named a "Top 5" e-discovery software provider for corporations by the prestigious 2007 Socha-Gelbmann Electronic Discovery Survey. For more information, visit, or learn about E-Discovery 2.0 at

The company will demonstrate the v3.0 release at LegalTech New York, which takes place at the New York Hilton & Towers, February 5-8. LegalTech is a leading conference and trade show for technology in the legal community, and more than 12,000 attendees are expected to attend the show this year.

1 The MarketScope is copyrighted December 14, 2007, by Gartner, Inc., and is reused with permission. The MarketScope is an evaluation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the MarketScope, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest rating. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

2 "MarketScope for E-Discovery and Litigation Support Vendors, 2007," by Gartner, Inc, Research VP, Debra Logan. December 14, 2007.