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Antitrust Case Study

  1. 1. C ASE STUDYInternal Investigation by Large, Public CompanyAccelerated by Software & Services from FTIChallengeA large, public company was facing a potential antitrust matter, and needed to conduct an Challenge:internal audit of its data to assess risk and develop a legal strategy. Due to the matter’ssensitivity, the company required that all the information remain at its headquarters, but Internal audit for potential antitrustthey did not have the necessary in-house tools to conduct processing and legal review. matter, requiring all info to remain at client’s headquarters.Due to the required quick turnaround, the company immediately turned to its trustede-discovery partner, FTI Technology, to assist with processing as well as first- andsecond-pass review. The company selected FTI’s powerful processing, document review and Solution:production software for the legal review. This included the software’s analytics features, FTI Software and professionalswhich provide data mining for dissecting large data sets, metadata and content analysis, deployed on-site for secure andand also concept clustering and visual review. Some of the unique elements of this matter rapid analysis.included:■■ On-site■software■and■services:■The information could not leave the company’s Results: headquarters nor the control of its IT team, necessitating a software and services package to be deployed on-site. Fast and cost-effective data assessment that helped develop■■ Short■timeframe:■While the investigation did not have a pre-set external deadline, a possible legal strategy. antitrust action loomed, forcing the company to understand its data as quickly as possible.SolutionArmed with laptops loaded with FTI’s e-discovery software, FTI professionals traveled to the company’s headquarters and partneredwith the company’s legal and IT teams to deliver the software, services and consulting to ensure a cost-effective and timely review. Keycomponents included:■■ Secure■control■of■data■at■company■headquarters: With all of the necessary software available on laptops, the legal team had immediate, secure and on-site access to an industry-leading legal review tool without incurring any additional IT or budgetary burdens.■■ De-duplication,■processing■and■culling■of■data: After removing over 80,000 files from the servers, FTI professionals partnered with the company’s IT department to remove nearly two- thirds of the files and documents through de-duplication and other processing techniques. With additional culling, the roughly 30,000 documents were further reduced by half for legal review.■■ Concept■extraction,■visualization■and■legal■review: With the software’s analytics features, the in-house reviewers quickly navigated the data set and identified the key concepts and custodians during first-pass review. Important documents were then coded for a second- pass review by senior counsel.■■ On-site■project■management■and■budget■control:■With FTI professionals on-site to help project manage the entire process, the company received weekly status reports on the budget as well as review progress.
  2. 2. C ASE STUDY Results Through their use of FTI’s software and professional services, the company’s legal team was well-positioned to prepare for and respond to a potential antitrust matter. Specific benefits included: ■■ Control■of■data: The combination of FTI’s mobile team and hosted software allowed the company’s IT and legal teams to keep their sensitive data secure at company headquarters. ■■ Cost■savings:■By processing and culling, unnecessary documents were removed early in the process. This reduced the overall cost of legal review. ■■ Ease■of■use:■Lawyers with very little review experience, and new to FTI’s legal review and analytics software, were able to review and code well over 100 documents per hour, on average. This is especially impressive considering that the average industry review rates are 60 documents per hour. i ■■ Speed:■From processing to the second-pass review, the entire project took less than a month. The extensive culling and processing greatly reduced the data set, and with the analytics features, the company was able to review documents faster, further reducing the total cost of the review. i “ECA: The High-End of Legal Decision Support,” by Barry Murphy, The eDiscoveryJournal, January 26, 2010. For More Information or to Schedule a Demo FTI Technology is a business segment of FTI Consulting that is dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. Our clients rely on our software, services and expertise for matters ranging from North America +1 (800) 959-8001 or internal investigations to large-scale litigation with global e-discovery requirements. +1 (206) 373 6565 Europe +44 (0)20 3077 0500 Australia +61(2) 8216 0814©■2010■FTI■Consulting,■Inc.■FTI■Technology■is■a■business■of■FTI■Consulting,■Inc.■All■rights■reserved.■ 01252010