Time Warner Engages Clearwell to Handle Its E-Discovery Processes

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-02-01 Print this article Print

Time Warner's new package will enable the conglomerate to accelerate its early-case assessment and nonlinear review processes, which in turn will lower its overall legal expenses.

Time Warner, one of the world's largest communications companies, won't have to hire outside firms to handle its in-house legal discovery duties anymore. As of Feb. 1, that job now goes to e-discovery automation software specialist Clearwell Systems.

Time Warner's new package will enable the conglomerate to accelerate its early-case assessment and nonlinear review processes, which in turn will lower its overall legal expenses. This is because the company won't need to hire a service provider to provide law clerks at several hundred dollars per hour to sift through mountains of e-mail, chat records, documents, log files, and video and audio files to find documents in its system required by courts.

Automated e-discovery in general also reduces risk because the element of human error is left out of the equation. Mountain View, Calif.-based Clearwell uses its own multifaceted search mechanism that uses several criteria-including keywords, dates, names, inference and word patterns-to find electronic documents needed for litigation.

Clearwell E-Discovery Platform comprises several modules. The Processing and Analysis Module provides features such as Transparent Search, discussion threads and people analytics that enable users to accelerate early-case assessment, defensibly eliminate irrelevant documents and false positives, and rapidly perform a first-pass review, Clearwell Vice President of Products and Marketing Kamal Shah told eWEEK.

The Review and Production Module enables reviewers to view all related documents in context, perform one-click tagging, redact documents and apply reason codes, increasing review throughput and consistency, Shah said.

Responsive documents can be produced or seamlessly uploaded into litigation support databases via EDRM-compliant XML and other major load file formats. In addition, the Clearwell E-Discovery Platform automatically tracks all actions on case documents throughout the e-discovery workflow, which ensures a defensible e-discovery process, Shah said.

Earlier this year, Clearwell announced that it expanded its platform to cover all major enterprise content management systems.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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