Award-Winning Merrill Corporation Enhances Litigation Case Management Solution

Thursday, July 24, 2008 General News
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ST. PAUL, Minn., July 23 Merrill Corporation, a leadingglobal provider of technology-enabled services for the financial, health care,real estate, legal and other corporate markets, today announced the release ofMerrill Lextranet(TM) 5.6, the most robust edition of its litigation casemanagement solution to date. Merrill Lextranet 5.6, part of Merrill'scomprehensive suite of litigation support services, is used by top legalprofessionals, including those in the Am Law 200 and Fortune 500 corporations,to manage case-related information cost-effectively, from pre-discoverythrough trial. Merrill was honored to be ranked as a top provider in the 2008Socha-Gelbmann Electronic Discovery Survey Report.

The Merrill Lextranet case management system provides a secure, Web-basedenvironment for multiple parties to quickly search, organize, evaluate andshare litigation-related information throughout the case life cycle. Version5.6 features key enhancements over previous editions, including socialnetworking, expanded workflow tools and conceptual searching.

Social networking is a powerful module that allows users to visualize therelationships between document custodians. It presents a graphic display ofrelationships between different e-mail users within a configurable dataset ofe-mails to evaluate communication frequency and trends between key custodians."Social networking assists review teams in identifying potentiallyunrecognized relationships between custodians, to focus review efforts andmake their discovery strategy more efficient and effective," said Daniel Pelc,senior director of product management for Merrill's Electronic DiscoveryServices. "The intelligence offered by social networking provides a distinctadvantage to Merrill Lextranet clients."

Version 5.6 also features Workflow Manager, a document management toolthat enables legal teams to create sophisticated document workflows andvisualize the rules through a configurable data flow diagram. Users can mapout document distribution, set up rules to move documents to the appropriatecoding teams and push responsive documents to a timely and defensibleproduction.

Both of these capabilities empower Merrill Lextranet users to stage andplan their reviews by leveraging powerful intuitive visual analysis andmonitoring tools for proactive planning.

To improve early identification and review of key evidence, version 5.6also features conceptual search tools, offered via a licensing agreement withCognition Technologies, Inc. Unlike keyword searches, conceptual searchinginterprets the meaning of words within the context they are used to helpcomputers "understand" concepts, significantly increasing the precision of thediscovery results. "Cognition's Semantic NLP program is revolutionary in themethodology used to conduct complex searching through algorithms. Thesemantic natural language search component allows our clients to conduct moremeaningful content searches and uncover relevant evidence more quickly," saidHarold Leach, senior vice president of IT for Merrill's Electronic DiscoveryServices.

About Merrill Corporation

Founded in 1968 and headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., Merrill Corporation( is a leading provider of outsourced solutions forcomplex business communication and information management. Merrill's servicesinclude document and data management, litigation support, brandedcommunication programs, fulfillment, imaging and printing. Merrill targetsmarkets including the legal, financial services, insurance and real estateindustries. With more than 5,900 people in over 70 domestic and 15international locations, Merrill empowers the communications of the world'sleading companies.

SOURCE Merrill Corporation

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