A DOJ Second Request
When the DOJ hands over a time-sensitive second request that requires the collection, production, and review of large amounts of data, quality must not be sacrificed. We recently completed a significant second request project for a client that allowed us to save them both valuable time and money. A national law firm engaged us on behalf of a large manufacturer that was in the midst of a merger with a leading oil and gas services provider. The second request required that an unusually large amount of disparate data be collected from both companies for the purpose of responding to the antitrust subpoena. Digital Discovery was tasked with collecting and preserving the data from 40 custodians in various U.S. and international locations as well as capturing hundreds of gigabytes of shared folders across various networks. We collected the requisite data, including approximately 800GB of Microsoft Outlook PSTs, extracted live user files using forensically sound techniques and produced all of the data well within the requested timeframe.
Due to the expansive pool of data, post de-NISTing, the client faced significant budget concerns when factoring the cost of processing, review and production to the DOJ in concert with established guidelines. To combat these burdensome expenses, we developed a project plan that used significant up-front culling, extraction, and exclusion by extension techniques. This effectively reduced the volume of irrelevant data and saved the client valuable time and money that would have been spent on processing untold gigabytes of data and the resultant review time necessary to establish responsiveness. As a result of this innovation, the client was able to meet the project deadline and produce the relevant data to the DOJ within established budgets. Many companies are qualified in the basics of forensics collections, yet few have the necessary experience and project management that can be as impactful as exhibited in this real life case study.