Corporate Case Study

Big data impossible timeline

An AmLaw 100 firm had less than two weeks to produce data that another vendor was unable to handle. In less than 96 hours, Lighthouse successfully collected, processed, and imaged 550 gigabytes helping its client avoid an eight-figure sanction.

What They Needed

Lighthouse’s client, an Am Law 100 firm, had to respond to a request forproduction in a highly sensitive matter. The client originally contractedanother ediscovery service provider for collection, processing, andproduction. Much of the collected data was corrupt and the other serviceprovider was unable to handle a large majority of the data. Facing an eight–figure sanction if the production deadline was missed, the client abandonedtheir provider and contacted Lighthouse.Lighthouse had 14 days to resolve corrupt data, process the data, identifyand segregate the already reviewed data, provide the unreviewed datafor review, and produce the responsive data. Complicating matters evenfurther, the data set was sizeable—550GBs—and the client needed at leasta week to review the data before production.

How We Did It

COLLECT, ANALYZE, REPAIRA

close inspection of the data revealed that another on-site collection wouldbe necessary in order to deal with the corrupt data. On February 9, twoforensic experts from Lighthouse collected three email exchange serverstotaling 550 gigabytes. Lighthouse was able to repair some of the corruptdata; however, some data was corrupt at the source. This corrupt data couldnot interfere with the production to the government so Lighthouse processedthe non-corrupt data overnight. The client then requested additionalsearching and culling for a specific list of custodians.

REDUCE, PROCESS, DELIVER

As a result of the way the data was stored, Lighthouse had to navigatethrough a large number of files to identify the data belonging to the list ofcustodians. Ultimately, Lighthouse was left with 245 gigabytes which it furtherculled and filtered. Lighthouse’s experts then segregated 8,000 documentsthat the client previously reviewed so that the client did not have to wastetime re-reviewing these documents. With the deadline looming, Lighthouseimmediately imaged the documents for review. Lighthouse provided clientwith just over 25,000 images for review on February 13.

The Results

As a result of Lighthouse’s speed and ability to handle the corrupt data, the client avoided an eight-figure sanction.In a matter of 96 hours, Lighthouse forensically collected 550 gigabytes from three email exchange servers, extracted245 gigabytes from those servers, identified 8,000 documents in a corrupted media environment, and imaged over25,000 documents.

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