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July 01, 2013

How E-Discovery Will Bring More Justice to the World

By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, TMC


When people use Google (News - Alert) to search for something on the Web, they’re typically happy to get a few relevant results, which they check and then move on with their lives. But when it comes to litigation, every piece of data counts, so organizations need solutions that deliver comprehensive results, returning every single document that mentions the subject in question. With Relativity, kCura provides this kind of e-discovery, explains Andrew Sieja.


Sieja is CEO of kCura, which delivers e-discovery solutions that businesses and their legal teams use to locate internal documents. TMCnet met with him at TechWeek Chicago. The company’s Relativity solution can run on premises or be delivered as a SaaS (News - Alert)-based solution via one of kCura’s partners.

Release 8 of Relativity became available in June. This version is faster, more scalable, and can run more cases and users in same footprint than previous releases. Key feature improvements include e-mail threading; faster search speeds; easier calculation of precision, recall, and F1 in Relativity Assisted Review; and the ability to process EnCase Logical Evidence Files. The product currently addresses processing, review, analysis and production, says Sieja, but over time kCura expects to expand Relativity to address additional parts of the e-discovery lifecycle, which also includes information governance, identification, preservation, collections and presentation.


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Differentiators of the kCura solution include the ability to handle more data in its system,

flexibility in how the product can be used (it doesn’t demand a prescribed work flow), and ease of use, Sieja says.

Relativity is in use by 95 of the largest 100 U.S. law firms, the U.S. Department of Justice, corporations with high litigation portfolios, and various consulting firms that offer litigation support services. In all, the solution has more than 75,000 active users worldwide.

Litigation is a messy business and takes a lot of people and time, notes Sieja. But now we have technology that can amplify one attorney to make the decisions for which 20 would have been required in the past, he says. It’s called predictive coding, which involves making correlations between data in sources like e-mail, he says. Through this technology, he continues, we can bring more justice to this world, because it lowers the cost of litigation, and allows the dispute to get down to the facts. And can’t drown a company in documents in an effort to get a company to settle, he adds.




Edited by Rich Steeves


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