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Epiq speeds up discovery with well-managed document review

The Challenge

Epiq was tasked with assembling and managing adocument review team for a monumental Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) case representing a consortium of major oil companies in a tariff dispute. The defendants hired one of the world’s largest law firms as discovery counsel. Epiq worked with counsel f rom the proposal stage through planning and executing the review.  The data volume was vast, and the duration of this review was expected to be 10-12 months. The client faced a challenge when the judge for the case imposed a severly shortened discovery deadline for document review – from months to weeks.

The Solution

Epiq responded with client-requested enhancementsto our state-of-the-art document review center in Houston, and qualified a team of 80 reviewers.

The Execution

Working very closely with the eDiscovery and paper scanning vendors on data security, workflows and review setup, Epiq helped set the protocols for assignment handling, quality control and productivity reporting within the hosted tool. Epiq continued to play a large role throughout the project, assisting in managing the workflow, as well as troubleshooting any issues, and consulting on the productions.

Midway through the project, the judge in the case shortened the timeline for document review – from the 10-12 months expected, to six weeks. In response, Epiq worked with discovery counsel to reduce the amount of data to be reviewed – reducing the data set by nearly half, f rom 6.2 million documents to 3 million.

The Results

Epiq worked with discovery counsel to establish new review criteria and re-trained the team. Discovery counsel received daily reporting on volume reviewed per hour, per day, per reviewer and overall. An eight-attorney quality control (QC) team reported daily to discovery counsel on QC results. The team consistently reviewed an average of 150 documents per hour with QC overturn rates remaining below 5 percent. The team finished the review well within the timeframe.Subsequently, discovery counsel brought Epiq back to assist with other complex reviews.

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