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Our record of delivering results for our clients has made Lighthouse one of the fastest growing companies in the industry. We’re committed to partnership and achieving success together across a wide range of different programs, services, and technology solutions. Below, you’ll find just a few examples where we’ve coupled innovative thinking, deep expertise, and flawless execution to achieve client success.

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February 1, 2023
Case Study

Lighthouse Uses AI to Complete a Seamless, Customized Data Migration

Lighthouse's proprietary AI technology solves a unique data deduplication challenge while migrating over 25 terabytes for an extensive healthcare system. Key Results In 5 months, Lighthouse migrated four databases—with 25 TBs of data—all while keeping the databases active for review and production for current matters. Leveraging our AI technology, Lighthouse created an innovative solution for a large volume of Lotus Notes files originally processed as HTML files by a legacy processing tool. This solution ensured that any new Lotus Notes files would deduplicate against the migrated data, regardless of the file type or the tool used for processing. A Challenging Data Deduplication Problem A large healthcare system had been hosting its data (over 25 TBs of data across four databases) on another vendor’s platform for nearly a decade. The company knew it was time to modernize its eDiscovery program with Lighthouse. In order to do so, all 25 TBs would need to be migrated over to Lighthouse for hosting and future processing. However, in addition to data migration, the company also had a unique deduplication challenge due to the previous vendor’s original processing tool. The company’s data had originally been processed with the vendor’s legacy processing tool—which processed Lotus Notes data as HTML files, rather than the more modern EML version. The prior processing of these files into an HTML format meant that whenever duplicate Lotus Notes files were added to the database and processed using a more modern processing tool, those EML files would not deduplicate against the older HTML files in the databases. With over half their data consisting of Lotus Note files processed by the older tool in HTML format, the company was concerned that this issue would significantly increase review cost and slow down review time. Thus, in addition to the overall migration process, the company came to Lighthouse with an unfortunate Catch-22: in order to modernize its processing and eDiscovery capabilities, it was losing the ability to deduplicate a majority of its data with each new ingestion. Lighthouse Migration Expertise Because of the volume of new clients moving to Lighthouse for eDiscovery support, Lighthouse has developed an entire practice group dedicated to data migration. This group is adept at creating customized solutions to the unique challenges that often arise when migrating data out of legacy systems. The team works closely with each client to understand the scope, types of data, challenges, and future needs so that the data migration process is seamless and efficient. The Lighthouse migration team quickly got to work gathering information from the healthcare company to start this process, paying particular attention to the Lotus Notes deduplication issue. Once all relevant information was gathered, Lighthouse worked with stakeholders from the organization to form a comprehensive migration plan that minimized workflow disruption and included a detailed schedule and workflow for future data. In the process, Lighthouse also developed a custom solution for the Lotus Notes issue using our proprietary AI technology. An Innovative Solution: Lighthouse AI Lighthouse’s advanced AI technology can create a unique hash value for all data, no matter how it was originally processed. The Lighthouse migration team leveraged this innovative technology to create a unique hash value for the Lotus Notes files that were originally processed as HTML files. That hash value could then be matched against any new Lotus Notes files that were added to the database by the company, even when those files were processed as EML files. With this proprietary workflow, the healthcare company was able to seamlessly move to Lighthouse’s eDiscovery platform, which was better equipped to serve its eDiscovery needs—without losing the ability to deduplicate its data. Set Up for Success In just five months, Lighthouse completed a seamless migration of the healthcare company’s data by creating a custom migration plan that minimized blackouts and kept all databases up and running. Importantly, Lighthouse also leveraged its proprietary AI to create an innovative solution to a complex problem, ensuring continued deduplication capability and reduced discovery costs. ‍ Corporate Case Studycase-study; ai; ai-and-analytics; ai-big-data; corporate; corporation; ediscovery; ediscovery-migration; prism; processing; project-management; healthcareediscovery-review; ai-and-analytics; client-successCase-Study, client-success, AI, ai-and-analytics, AI-Big-Data, Corporate, Corporation, eDiscovery, eDiscovery-Migration, Prism, Processing, Project-Management, Healthcare, ediscovery-review, ai-and-analytics
November 15, 2021
Case Study

Top-Ten Global Law Firm Overcomes Budgetary Challenges

Self Service
Top ten global law firm revitalizes their eDiscovery program with Lighthouse Managed Services for one predictable, recurring price. What They Needed After years of carrying hefty infrastructure costs and operating with limited access to emerging eDiscovery solutions, one of the ten largest law firms globally decided to look for a new eDiscovery partner that could advance their existing eDiscovery program without the burden of unpredictable, piecemeal pricing and sub-par technology. In particular, the firm was interested in a predictable cost model that would provide them with access to forensics, information governance, and eDiscovery experts as well as innovative new analytic and chat technology. To further complicate things, they had less than two months to migrate all of their existing data to the newly selected vendor before they would have to renew payments with their existing vendor. How We Did It Lighthouse Managed Services was a natural fit for this cutting-edge client. We were selected as the firm’s eDiscovery provider because it was clear we could provide a wide-range of subject-matter experts, access to best-in class technology (particularly our proprietary Spectra ® and SmartSeries ™ , as well as third-party tools like Nuix, Relativity, and Brainspace) and deliver within their tight timeline requirements – all for one predictable, recurring price. After the selection process, Lighthouse immediately tackled the migration of over 130 cases and ~13 TB of the firm’s data from their existing vendor’s environment to the Lighthouse environment within the 45-day requirement. Once the cases were restored, we worked with the firm to develop custom workflows that would allow the new data to flow through active migrated matters seamlessly without loss of deduplication, matter-level settings, or work product. We then developed a comprehensive eDiscovery playbook for our client detailing customized, repeatable, and defensible eDiscovery processes for every stage of the EDRM. We also began technology training sessions to allow our client to effectively utilize their access to tools like Relativity and Brainspace, as well as our proprietary Spectra and SmartSeries technology. Further, Lighthouse developed a custom Relativity template to ensure the user experience in Relativity mirrored the law firm’s workflows for continuity. We scheduled bi-weekly meetings with the Lighthouse Product Development team to keep the firm’s team abreast of new features on the horizon as well as allow the firm an opportunity to influence the overall product roadmap. All of this work was completed under a predictable, recurring pricing model, with custom reports around the firm’s matters and metrics. Results Overall, Lighthouse Managed Services surpassed of all the firm’s expectations – completely revitalizing their eDiscovery program for one predictable pricing model. We successfully completed the entire data migration within 45 days, without any disruption to case teams. Once migrated, our client was elated with the access Lighthouse provided to the best technology on the market, as well as the comprehensive training we offered their teams which enabled them to leverage these tools more effectively. In particular, Spectra enabled the firm to administer matters autonomously while getting data into a review platform at a much greater speed than ever before. Since the time of the launch, this client has started over 90 new matters in Spectra, leveraging the analytics, predictive coding, automated redaction, privilege log creation, and chat messaging tools that make our self-service solution the best in its class. Providing all these comprehensive services under a recurring, predictable processing model allowed this client to successfully manage cost recovery and integrate with their client billing seamlessly. Law Firm Case Studycase-study; ediscovery; self-service, spectra; spectra; analytics; processing; managed-review; document-review; review; law-firmediscovery-review; client-success; lighting-the-path-to-better-ediscoveryCase-Study, client-success, eDiscovery, self-service, spectra, Spectra, analytics, Processing, managed-review, document-review, review, Law-Firm, ediscovery-review
June 1, 2021
Case Study

Big Data, Impossible Timeline, Successful Results

Lighthouse collected, processed, and imaged 550 GB of data in less than 96 hours, saving a client from an eight-figure sanction. What They Needed Lighthouse’s client, an Am Law 100 firm, had to respond to a request for production in a highly sensitive matter. The client originally contracted another eDiscovery service provider for collection, processing, and production. Much of the collected data was corrupt and the other service provider was unable to handle a large majority of the data. Facing an eight–figure sanction if the production deadline was missed, the client abandoned their provider and contacted Lighthouse. Lighthouse had 14 days to resolve corrupt data, process the data, identify and segregate the already reviewed data, provide the unreviewed data for review, and produce the responsive data. Complicating matters even further, the data set was sizeable—550GBs—and the client needed at least a week to review the data before production. How We Did It Collect, Analyze, Repair A close inspection of the data revealed that another on-site collection would be necessary in order to deal with the corrupt data. On February 9, two forensic experts from Lighthouse collected three email exchange servers totaling 550 gigabytes. Lighthouse was able to repair some of the corrupt data; however, some data was corrupt at the source. This corrupt data could not interfere with the production to the government so Lighthouse processed the non-corrupt data overnight. The client then requested additional searching and culling for a specific list of custodians. Reduce, Process, Deliver As a result of the way the data was stored, Lighthouse had to navigate through a large number of files to identify the data belonging to the list of custodians. Ultimately, Lighthouse was left with 245 gigabytes which it further culled and filtered. Lighthouse’s experts then segregated 8,000 documents that the client previously reviewed so that the client did not have to waste time re-reviewing these documents. With the deadline looming, Lighthouse immediately imaged the documents for review. Lighthouse provided client with just over 25,000 images for review on February 13. 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, extracted 245 gigabytes from those servers, identified 8,000 documents in a corrupted media environment, and imaged over 25,000 documents. Law Firm Case Studybig-data; case-study; collections; ediscovery; forensics; law-firm; processing; production; project-managementediscovery-review; digital forensics; client-successBig-Data, Case-Study, collections, eDiscovery, digital forensics, Law-Firm, Processing, Production, Project-Management, ediscovery-review, digital forensics
June 25, 2021
Case Study

Law Firm Goes from Keeping Up to Getting Ahead with New In-House eDiscovery Software

A prominent law firm leveraged a cloud-based software solution to increase efficiency and scale, resulting in significant costs savings. What They Needed A mid-sized East Coast law firm­—known for its expertise and experience in complex and high-stakes matters—was looking for new software to replace its in-house legacy technology. Their in-house tool did not provide the level of sophistication or throughput the team needed to continue to scale their work for their clients. In assessing their potential new partner, the firm required access to best-in-class technology, in particular Relativity and Nuix, as the firm’s employees were already familiar with these platforms. In addition, they wanted to leverage automation to have repeatable processes that would save both themselves and their clients time and money. ‍ How We Did It Lighthouse Spectra was selected for its simple and intuitive interface that allows users to internally manage client matters across best-in-class technology – including Relativity, Nuix, and even Brainspace. With Spectra, the firm can now start matters immediately, without having to go through the vendor solicitation and/or statement of work processes, creating real time savings. And the monthly subscription price for Spectra gave them more transparency around billing and greater cost control to help them stay within their budget. The onboarding and training processes were quick, due to the experience of the internal team coupled with the ease of use of Spectra’s. After the initial deployment of Spectra, the firm started processing client data through the tool immediately. They were able to get these matters through processing (Nuix) to review (Relativity) within a few hours, rather than an entire day or more, as was typical with their previous in-house solution. We can go from soup to nuts without having to reinvent the wheel each time. It is truly self-service. — Law Firm The Results Soon after onboarding, the firm took on a couple quick-turn and complex matters that they were able to handle more quickly due to the speed and scale of Spectra, as well as the support of Spectra team. In one instance, they received a request late in the work day that needed to be turned around within a short period of time. Prior to deploying Spectra, that would have taken some hands-on experience and a day’s worth of time. With Spectra, they were able to process it as soon as they received it and it was available for review within a few short hours. In another instance, the firm received a request with a pressing deadline where the document set consisted of approximately 95% foreign-language text. Quickly translating the text to English was imperative to firm’s success. To solve this problem, the Spectra team pointed the firm to a machine language translation tool that easily integrates with Spectra. By deploying the integrated translation service on the workspace, documents submitted for translation were loaded back into the workspace as easily as if it was performing a mass edit. This provided an easy solution for the firm for this particular matter, and now that it’s integrated, the feature is available to the firm on demand. By moving to Spectra, the law firm was able to leverage best-in-class technology, gain more transparency and control around the entire eDiscovery process, and create efficiencies and therefore, reduce costs for themselves and their clients. Leveraging Spectra, the law firm can now do more with less and scale their business to support their clients’ growing needs. ‍ Law Firm Case Studycase-study; ediscovery; self-service, spectra; spectra; ai-and-analytics; analytics; processing; tar-predictive-coding; technology-assisted-review; tar; law-firmediscovery-review; client-successCase-Study, client-success, eDiscovery, self-service, spectra, Spectra, ai-and-analytics, analytics, Processing, TAR-Predictive-Coding, technology-assisted-review, TAR, Law-Firm, ediscovery-review,
February 1, 2022
Case Study

Penningtons Manches Cooper Takes Control of their eDiscovery Process with Lighthouse Spectra

With Spectra, Penningtons Manches Cooper accelerated their ediscovery workflow and created a more efficient and cost-effective process. What They Needed Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, a leading UK and international law firm, was looking for an innovative solution to enable more efficient and cost-effective management of their increasing eDiscovery needs. At the same time, they also wanted a solution that would not require a large investment in hardware, additional personnel, or training. When the team at Penningtons Manches Cooper reached out to Lighthouse about their needs, we suggested Spectra, our cloud-based, self-service eDiscovery solution that would enable the team at Penningtons Manches Cooper to easily run their matters in a more efficient and predictable manner. Additionally, the team at Penningtons Manches Cooper also wanted the option of leveraging experienced, knowledgeable, and on-demand assistance as required. Because Spectra offers the ability to seamlessly transition a matter from self-service to Lighthouse’s full-service team of eDiscovery experts, it provided the Penningtons Manches Cooper team a level of reassurance that there would always be help on hand should it be needed. The team at Penningtons Manches Cooper agreed that Spectra was the right eDiscovery solution for them. How They Did It Penningtons Manches Cooper partnered with Lighthouse to deploy Spectra, which was implemented within three months from initial proof of concept to rollout with live matters. Primary areas of focus during the implementation were training, process design, and internal change management. The project began with roundtable sessions to fully understand the scope and ensure that deployment was customized to fit Penningtons Manches Cooper’s requirements, deliverables, and goals. And because Spectra is a cloud-based solution, there was no capital expenditure or additional IT resourcing required for implementation. This allowed for a flexible approach, fast implementation, and low ongoing maintenance for Penningtons Manches Cooper. Once the tool was initially implemented, the team at Penningtons Manches Cooper identified a suitable matter to be used in a proof of concept. Lighthouse trained key Penningtons Manches Cooper personnel on how to use Spectra, and together the two teams worked to create a scalable and repeatable workflow for particular work types. All items were recorded in a bespoke playbook, which fully documents Spectra’s capabilities and process as well as specific Penningtons Manches Cooper requirements. Next, Lighthouse provided training to the wider Penningtons Manches Cooper team on Spectra, Brainspace, and Lighthouse’s proprietary SmartSeries® tools to enable the firm to leverage automated redaction, chat, and other emerging solutions. Due to the simplicity and on-demand nature of Spectra, the team at Penningtons Manches Cooper was able to realize a 1 to 4-hour reduction in the time it takes to create a matter and upload data into Relativity. Further, Lighthouse developed a custom Relativity template. to ensure the user experience in Relativity is mirrored across matters and complements the firm’s workflows. Following the successful trial period, Penningtons Manches Cooper has identified and managed many other matters in Spectra with very little external support. Setup of each new matter has been reduced significantly, in some circumstances by up to 2-3 days, as there has been a significant reduction in the number of steps required to instruct external eDiscovery vendors, including no need to gather price proposals, no delay while vendors run conflict checks, and no need for any additional contract negotiation. As a consequence, each legal team was typically able to begin reviewing documents on the same day the data was received by the firm. In conjunction with the above, predictable and recurring billing practices were implemented and custom reports were developed around the firm’s matters and metrics. This, in turn, will allow Penningtons Manches Cooper to manage cost recovery and integrate billing for a more seamless and efficient process. The Results Penningtons Manches Cooper partnered with Lighthouse to roll out Spectra, which enabled their team to control the process from the very start and create efficiency and predictability of cost and process. By using Spectra, the team at Penningtons Manches Cooper was able to create matters in Relativity and Brainspace as well as upload and process data quickly, all within a simplified and intuitive interface. The use of best-in-class technology, combined with repeatable process and in-house expertise, created a tangible benefit, ensuring eDiscovery and document review are completed with minimal cost, a savings which can be passed on directly to the client. Law Firm Case Studycase-study; financial-services-industry; corporate; corporation; ediscovery; self-service, spectra; spectra; analyticsediscovery-review; client-successCase-Study, client-success, financial-services-industry, Corporate, Corporation, eDiscovery, self-service, spectra, Spectra, analytics, ediscovery-review
December 1, 2022
Case Study

Fortune 500 Company Saves $500K+ with New In-House eDiscovery Software

Lighthouse Spectra helps a considerable healthcare organization gain control, pricing transparency, and efficiency gains in the eDiscovery process. What They Needed A large healthcare organization was looking to solve their eDiscovery challenges around speed and cost. Specifically, they needed to increase their overall efficiency, and have more control over their matters with truly transparent and lower ediscovery-related costs. How We Did It Lighthouse Spectra was chosen to help achieve these key goals. Spectra is a self-service, on-demand eDiscovery tool with a transparent subscription-based pricing model. Spectra users can also access a full-time project management team at Lighthouse, whenever needed – all for one predictable price. Spectra onboarding was tailored to the users’ needs and focused on teaching users how to use Spectra itself, as well as when and how to use Brainspace, an analytics engine available inside the platform. Since Spectra is built with an intuitive interface, it only took a few short trainings over the course of a few weeks for the users to become comfortable using it. The Lighthouse team also ensured that Relativity and Spectra were customized to the organization’s specific needs. Our teams ensured that all customized permissions and views were set up within Relativity and worked with the organization to create custom Relativity templates to apply their standard coding pallets, rule-based coding propagations, pre-baked saved searches, standard views/layouts, imaging profiles, and more. Additionally, the Lighthouse team also assisted in building a continuous multi-model learning (CMML) workflow for their team to leverage within Spectra. Once set up was complete, the organization immediately started leveraging Spectra to process their data and run search terms as needed on a variety of diverse case types, including labor and employment cases, internal investigations, and OIG requests. The Results By moving to Spectra, the healthcare organization gained more control over their eDiscovery processes, created more efficient workflows, and achieved significant cost savings with transparent and predictable pricing. Since deploying the tool, the organization found that using the search and analytics capabilities of Spectra reduced the volume of natives to just 4.5% of the total hosted volume, minimizing the count of documents being reviewed by 95%. The custom Relativity template prevents the need to reinvent the wheel with each new matter and drive consistency across their portfolio. Further, the CMML workflow allows the organization to prioritize review of documents that are most likely to be responsive, as well as minimize the number of documents that go to review. Both of these enhancements allowed the organization to increase their overall speed from collection to production while lowering their overall eDiscovery-related costs. Through these new workflows and processes, the healthcare organization has achieved both defensibility and affordability and reduced review time from days to hours. This has resulted in an overall savings of $500K in their first year with Spectra.\ Corporate Case Studycase-study; corporate; corporation; ediscovery; self-service, spectra; spectra; ai-and-analytics; analytics; processing; tar-predictive-coding; technology-assisted-review; tar; healthcareediscovery-review; client-successCase-Study, Corporate, Corporation, eDiscovery, self-service, spectra, Spectra, ai-and-analytics, analytics, Processing, TAR-Predictive-Coding, technology-assisted-review, TAR, Healthcare, ediscovery-review
February 1, 2023
Case Study

Global Law Firm Partners with Lighthouse to Save Millions During Government Investigation

Lighthouse partners with a global law firm to meet a 60-day production deadline for an 11.5 million-document population, saving the firm millions. What They Needed A global law firm was representing a large analytics company being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for antitrust activity. The company faced an extremely aggressive production deadline—approximately 60 days to collect, review, and produce responsive documents from an initial data population of roughly 11.5M. How We Did It The firm partnered with Lighthouse to create a workflow to execute multiple work streams simultaneously (collections, processing, TAR, privilege review, and logging) to ensure the company could meet the production deadline. Lighthouse expert teams managed the entire process, implementing daily standup calls and facilitating communication between all stakeholders to ensure that each workflow was executed correctly and on time. Lighthouse clients that leverage our AI technology to its full potential can realize even more cost savings and efficiency. For example, in this case, this global law firm would have seen the removal of close to 420K documents from privilege review that our AI accurately (as verified in the qc process) deemed to be highly unlikely or unlikely to be privilege. The Lighthouse team also provided strategic and defensible review methods to attack data volume and increase overall efficiency throughout the project. This included Technology Assisted Review (TAR) and email thread suppression in combination with our proprietary AI-technology and privilege log application. The different work streams that Lighthouse designed and executed to reduce the time, burden, and expense of review included: Lighthouse Forensic Collection : Lighthouse’s dedicated expert forensic team implemented a workflow to perform all initial collections, as well as all refresh collections across M365 mailboxes, Teams data, OneDrive, and SharePoint. TAR 1.0 : Lighthouse implemented predictive coding via a TAR 1.0 workflow to systematically find and remove non-relevant documents in a defensible manner. Not relevant documents that fell below the cutoff score were removed from the review population to reduce privilege review. Non-TAR Review : A detailed file analysis was conducted on documents that could not be scored via the TAR model by Lighthouse experts to remove non-responsive documents from eyes-on responsiveness review. Email Threading : Once TAR 1.0 reached stability and a cutoff score was achieved, Lighthouse applied email thread suppression on the documents above the cutoff score to further decrease privilege review and the production set overall. Managing Teams data : The Lighthouse team leveraged our proprietary chat tool to deduplicate Microsoft Teams data. Using the tool, the team stitched Teams messages back together in a format that allowed outside counsel to easily see the conversation in totality (e.g., who was part of the thread, who entered/left the chat room, who said what, at what time, etc.). The tool then integrated and threaded chat messages with search and filtering capabilities for review directly in Relativity. Privilege Review : Even as collections, TAR 1.0, email threading, and document review workflows were ongoing, the Lighthouse advanced analytics team leveraged technology in combination with their expertise to drastically reduce the privilege review set and guard against inadvertent production of privileged documents: Lighthouse Strategic Privilege Reduction : Lighthouse data reduction experts worked with outside counsel to analyze the data to identify large categories of documents that could be safely removed from privilege review, such as two large tranches of calendar items that were pulled into the privilege review. Lighthouse also ran a separate header-only privilege screen across and located a pattern in the privilege hits, which outside counsel confirmed were not privileged and removed from privilege review. AI-enabled Privilege QC : To minimize risk and increase efficiency of privilege review, Lighthouse deployed our advanced AI-technology, which uses multiple algorithms to analyze the text and metadata of documents, enabling highly accurate privilege predictions. First, it analyzed the entire review workspace and identified additional privileged documents that were not picked up by the conventional privileged screen approach. Then, the tool was utilized in privilege review QC workflows where it helped reviewers overturn first and second level privilege calls. Privilege logging application : Lighthouse also leveraged our privilege logging application to automate privilege log generation, saving outside counsel significant time and driving consistent work product in creating their privilege log. The Results Lighthouse forensic collection collected roughly 11.5M documents from more than 600 unique datasets and over 90 custodians, spanning M365 mailboxes, Teams data, OneDrive, and SharePoint sources. Lighthouse’s TAR 1.0 workflow then dramatically reduced the document population for privilege review, ultimately removing over 6M documents in full families from review, thereby delivering a savings of nearly $6.2M. The Lighthouse team’s detailed file analysis of non-TAR universe resulted in an additional 640K files removed from responsiveness review—encompassing close to a 90% reduction in the non-TAR review volume and delivering a savings of roughly $640K. Our email thread suppression process then removed another 1.1M documents from review (for a savings of $1.1M), while the Lighthouse proprietary chat tool removed over 63K Teams items and generated over 200K coherent transcript families from 1.3M individual messages. Law Firm Case Studycase-study; antitrust; ediscovery; tar; tar-predictive-coding; law-firm; hsr-second-requests; investigations; mergers; ai-and-analytics; ai-big-data; artificial-intelligence; ai; acquisitions; analytics; predictive-coding; prism; privilege; privilege-review; name-normalization; microsoft; emerging-data-sources; forensics; collectionsediscovery-review; ai-and-analytics; antitrust; chat-and-collaboration-data; client-successCase-Study, client-success, Antitrust, eDiscovery, TAR, TAR-Predictive-Coding, Law-Firm, HSR-Second-Requests, investigations, Mergers, ai-and-analytics, AI-Big-Data, artificial-intelligence, AI, Acquisitions, analytics, predictive-coding, Prism, privilege, privilege-review, name-normalization, microsoft, Emerging-Data-Sources, digital forensics, collections, ediscovery-review, ai-and-analytics, antitrust, chat-and-collaboration-data
April 1, 2023
Case Study

Saving Millions in a Demanding HSR Second Request

AI & Analytics
Cleary Gottlieb and Lighthouse save millions of dollars and thousands of hours in HSRs Second Request for Fortune 500 company. What They Needed A global Fortune 500 electronics company received an HSR Second Request from the Department of Justice (DOJ), with an extremely aggressive timeline to reach substantial compliance. They engaged Cleary Gottlieb (“Cleary”), a global technology-savvy and innovative law firm with extensive experience handling challenging Second Requests. After Cleary led negotiations with the DOJ to reduce the scope of the investigation, the client was faced with 3.3M documents to review—a significant subset of which included CJK language documents that would require expensive and time-consuming translation. To further complicate matters, the DOJ and Cleary remained engaged in ongoing scope negotiations, resulting in additional data being added throughout the project. Cleary knew that conventional TAR technology was not capable of evaluating a dataset with ever-changing review parameters. How Cleary and Lighthouse Did It CJ Mahoney, counsel and head of the eDiscovery and litigation technology group at Cleary, has extensive experience working on complex HSR Second Requests and has pioneered a number of different analytics-driven methods to reach substantial compliance in the past. Based on prior joint success in innovating new ways to use this technology to improve privilege analytics, CJ immediately saw the potential of Lighthouse’s proprietary AI technology for this challenge. Together, CJ and the Lighthouse data scientists developed a unique training workflow to achieve highly precise responsive prediction results on this challenging dataset. CJ secured the DOJ’s first-ever approval of this workflow with Lighthouse’s proprietary AI technology. Immediately after approval, responsive and privilege analysis and review began simultaneously, enabled by AI technology. For responsiveness, the teams utilized an active learning TAR workflow wherein subject matter experts reviewed a control set of randomly selected documents. After only a few training rounds, the system reached stability and began scoring the remaining dataset for responsiveness. A privilege classifier was built based on 20K previously confirmed privilege calls and applied to score all documents in the privilege workspace. The teams used a combination of the analytic results and privilege terms to identify potential privileged documents. All documents within this set that were scored as “highly likely to be privileged” were immediately routed to reviewers for review and privilege logging. Conversely, documents scored as “unlikely to be privileged” were removed from privilege review after Cleary’s attorneys verified the accuracy of the results using a random sample. Further, the teams used the privilege classifier to identify additional privilege documents that had not hit on privilege terms. As the timeline for substantial compliance approached, negotiations with DOJ regarding relevant timeframes and custodians continued, resulting in the near-constant addition and removal of documents from the dataset. The Lighthouse and Cleary teams managed the ever-changing dataset with ease using the Lighthouse technology and workflow developed by the teams. The Results Using a specialized TAR workflow leveraging advanced AI, the teams delivered highly accurate responsive classification, resulting in more than 500K (or more than 40%) fewer documents requiring further review and production to the DOJ, when compared to legacy TAR tools. By creating a smaller volume of documents requiring production, the amount of privilege and foreign language review was also lessened. For example, 120K fewer foreign language documents were included in the final responsive set compared to legacy TAR tool results. This reduction of review and translation saved approximately $1M alone. For the client, the smaller responsive set meant faster production turnaround times, lower overall costs, and risk mitigation through the decreased chance for inadvertent production of non-responsive documents. The Lighthouse and Cleary partnership resulted in the removal of 200K documents from privilege review beyond what could have been possible through conventional methods, leading to cost savings of $1.2M and time savings of 8K review hours. The team further mitigated risk to the client by identifying privilege documents that did not hit on standard privilege terms. The Cleary and Lighthouse partnership resulted in substantial compliance with the HSR Second Request, increased risk mitigation, faster document review, and remarkable savings for the client. 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