Assisting in a Complex Shareholder Dispute

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In a complex shareholder dispute within a medium-sized technology firm, allegations of mismanagement and financial misrepresentation necessitated a rigorous and defensible e-discovery effort. This case study revisits our approach, adhering to the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM), and reflects the scope of work, technology application, and the value added at each stage of the process. A complex shareholder dispute within a medium-sized technology firm, allegations of mismanagement and financial misrepresentation necessitated a rigorous and defensible e-discovery effort. This case study revisits our approach, adhering to the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM), and reflects the scope of work, technology application, and the value added at each stage of the process.

The Complete Process.

What We Did: Conducted comprehensive interviews with stakeholders, IT staff, and legal teams to identify all potential sources of electronic evidence, such as emails, internal communications, financial records, and electronic meeting minutes. Value Added: This thorough identification ensured a complete collection scope, establishing a strong foundation for a defensible e-discovery process.
What We Did: Implemented legal holds and preserved data in its original state using automated tools to maintain consistency and prevent alterations. Value Added: Automation in preservation safeguarded data integrity, crucial for ensuring its admissibility as evidence.
What We Did: Employed forensically sound methods for data collection, preserving metadata and ensuring efficient data extraction from a variety of sources. Value Added: Maintaining the forensic integrity of data collection added significant value, laying a strong foundation for the legal strategy. Figures: Approximately 600 GB of data were collected from different sources.

What We Did: Processed the collected data to reduce volume and remove irrelevant information, using advanced eDiscovery tools for deduplication, filtering and pattern identification.

Value Added: This reduction streamlined the review process, focusing on the most relevant information and optimising resource use.

Figures: The processing efforts reduced the data to 120 GB of potentially relevant information.

What We Did: Assisted the client with reviewing the processed data on Relativity. We implemented technology-assisted review (TAR) to reduce the amount of documents further. These were ultimately efficiently tagged, annotated, and redacted for sensitive information.

Value Added: The use of TAR increased review efficiency and accuracy, significantly reducing the time and cost of document review.

Figures: The review focused on 22,000 documents, conducted over a 2-3 month period.

What We Did: Produced relevant documents in the agreed-upon format, with comprehensive logging and tracking to maintain a detailed record of the discovery process. Value Added: Adhering to stringent production standards ensured the integrity of the discovery process, facilitating smoother litigation and negotiation phases. Figures: Around 15,000 documents were produced for the case.

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This revised case study demonstrates the importance of a methodical, defensible e-discovery process in resolving complex legal shareholder disputes. This case further illustrated the practical application of e-discovery methodologies and technologies that significantly contribute to favourable case outcomes while ensuring cost-efficiency and time-effectiveness. This approach highlights the indispensable role of e-discovery in navigating modern litigation challenges.

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*Covering technology usage, professional review hours, and additional data handling expenses.

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