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How did they do it?

  • Used Processing and Analytics to eliminate 8.9 million documents from the data set
  • Leveraged email thread visualization to uncover hidden assets

Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green thought they were in the clear after winning a $12 million judgment for their client, but when the defendant claimed to have no means of payment, they were tasked with locating hidden assets.

Identifying about 9 million documents from 30 different computers, Sheehan Phinney used Processing’s filters and Analytics’ concept searching to cull the data to 40,000 documents—a much more manageable data set for their review team of four.

The firm then used email thread visualization to organize, code, and investigate several complex email threads—ultimately helping them uncover key conversations and additional revenue streams, assets, and entities the defendant was using to deceive their client.

“Email threading in Relativity is powerful because it forms the data into a cohesive story, and then visualizations help you find all the subplots and twists—it would have been near impossible for us to connect the dots in this case without it.”
CHARLES STEWART, Manager of Electronic Discovery Services

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