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UnitedLex is materially changing the way eDiscovery is practiced. A consultant led, technology-enabled service, Questio combines targeted automation and data analysis expertise to intelligently reduce data and significantly reduce cost and risk while dramatically improving the timeliness and efficiency of data analysis and document review. Questio significantly reduces risk and, on average, reduces your total cost by 40-50% or more.


Why Questio?

In analyzing eDiscovery-related sanctions in federal cases over a 7-year period, UnitedLex researchers found that 61% were caused by a failure to identify and preserve potentially responsive data. What's the implication of not knowing what's missing?

But it's more than what's missing, it's what's there that shouldn't be. Our research also shows that 80% of documents promoted, reviewed, and hosted are non-responsive. What's the implication of what's there that shouldn't be? What does 100GB of non-responsive data cost to process, host, and review? How quickly is the problem compounding?

How we reduce risk


How we reduce cost

Collection / Preservation 80% 20%

61% of eDiscovery-related sanctions were caused by a failure to identify and preserve potentially responsive data.

80% of documents promoted, reviewed, and hosted are non-responsive.

Reducing Risk

Data Anomaly Analysis Report

In 8 out of 10 cases, email collections were not complete and typically under a motion to compel with parties having to go back and figure out why they were missing chunks of email for one or more custodians. This type of failure causes shifts in momentum, drives cost and ultimately leads to sanctions to the extent the missing email would have been dated after anticipation of litigation. There is also a general fear of targeted collections not being sufficient or complete and a desire to weigh that risk against the cost of "over collection" as it relates to eDiscovery costs – creating obvious and unhealthy tension.

We reduce risk through a repeatable, defensible process led by domain experts and by quickly identifying missing data and other data anomalies, analyzing data and custodian communications all before incurring costs related to processing data.

Questio risk reduction is built on the following requirements:

  • The client must satisfy their obligation to preserve but have the ability to then target data from the collection in a teaspoon approach rather than boiling the ocean.
  • The client must be warned immediately post ingestion about gaps in email and other documents rather than post production where significant costs have been incurred.
  • For the foreseeable future, parties will continue to negotiate search terms and argue about their application, however, the client must have a mechanism by which they can FULLY validate custodians
  • The client should be able to validate terms in a way that will materially decrease the volume of false hits before incurring processing, hosting & document review charges
  • UnitedLex must provide a diverse team of SMEs that understand the issues of the case as well as the associates. These SMEs must run the applications that achieve desired result of significantly reducing the volume of data prior to processing in order to truly reduce the cost associated with eDiscovery.

With UnitedLex collection services and Questio's complimentary forensic data reduction, legal can satisfy the obligation to preserve with a full collection, but also target data from that collection at no additional cost. But it's more than what's missing, it's what's there that shouldn't be.

Reducing Cost & Data Volume

Data Volume (Documents)

90% of all data in the world was created in the last two years. While not alone, the legal industry is struggling to keep up with compounding data that drives the volume of documents that must be considered for litigation and regulatory requirements. Even with eDiscovery unit rates crashing, total cost of discovery continues to increase with rapidly increasing data volumes.

On average, 80% of documents processed and promoted to review and hosted are not responsive. The primary reason is that the legal teams are not able to interact with rapidly expanding data sets to validate search results until they are processed and in a review platform, at which time, the bulk of the eDiscovery cost has been incurred.

Questio deals with this challenge through an innovative multi-stage data reduction process that focuses on eliminating the documents that are irrelevant or responsive to search terms but are false hits prior to incurring processing costs. The identification of false hits prior to processing and elimination of “junk,” on average, saves the client $2/doc as they are eliminated within Questio. The average matter results in mid six figure cost savings. A recent case study showed Questio saved 58% on processing cost and 95% on review for a total savings of over $2.2 million.

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