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Document sifting gets welcome assist from e-discovery tools

By TED CARTER

Lawyers deciding whether to take a case must figure-in discovery costs and the time and money expected to be spent on analyzing documents and other data.

Fortunately for lawyers and the people and businesses that hire them, the arrival of the cloud and digital-discovery tools have made those costs much more manageable. Time spent immersed in documents and data is far less, as well.

In fact, says e-discovery software marketer Robert Hilson, discovery costs can account for up to “70 percent of total costs of any case.”

Three-hundred-thousand emails “are not all uncommon” in litigation discovery exchanges, he says.

It’s especially important to keep the data organizing and discovery costs down as digital documents and data proliferate, says Hilson, senior marketing director for 5-year-old San Francisco-based Logikcull.

Hilson’s company is an early innovator in development of digital discovery tools. It began life as a data processing vendor in 2004 but shut down that part of the operation with the launch of its proprietary software platform, Logikcull.com, in 2013.

Assisting with a law firm’s discovery documents is a main – but not sole – target of Logikcull’s software development, Hilson says.

With its Logikcull.com platform, the company offers law firms and other businesses, institutions and governmental entities a cloud service for secure document uploading and automatic processing and review. From there, Logikcull.com earns its living by culling, searching and reviewing the documents for relevance and confidentiality.

The uploaded docs the software identifies as relevant come back assembled, indexed and ready to share with another party.

“Full text indexing is one of the things we specialize in,” Hilson says. “When you dump this data, we are going to extract and organize.”

Logikcull.com’s data organizing capacity often gets the platform compared to Amazon.com, Hilson says.

A switch to a “pay-as-you-go” model last year brought Logikcull a 500 percent increase in customers and $40 million in new investment capital. Lawyers and other users of the platform pay $40 for each gigabyte of documents they upload.

The cost is prorated, the company says. The $40 price goes down in relation to the amount below one GB the customer uses, Logikcull says.

No subscription is required, Hilson says.

In pre-digital days, a typical exchange of documents in, say, a civil litigation would involve boxes and boxes full of paper documents. And the time of legal professionals to wade through them for information and materials that matter.

Today’s e-discovery software now does that job.

Logikcull says it didn’t get the users in has in Mississippi and elsewhere through any planned marketing strategy. “Most of our business is what we call ‘inbound,’ or customer referrals,” Hilson says.

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