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    A Running List: Top 100+ eDiscovery Providers

    A Running List: Top 100+ eDiscovery Providers

    Based on a compilation of research from analyst firms and industry expert reports in the electronic discovery arena, the following “Top 100+Provider” list provides a short listing that may be useful in the consideration of eDiscovery providers. This listing is taken primarily from eDiscovery provider mentions in selected key formal industry reports and surveys published between August 2011 and today.

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    Are We More Confident in eDiscovery Business Than We Were a Year Ago?

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    Extract from analysis by Doug Austin

    Almost Everyone Still Expects eDiscovery Business Conditions to be as Good or Better Six Months From Now: Almost all respondents (96%) expect business conditions will be in their segment to be the same or better six months from now (slightly above last quarter’s 94.7%), but the percentage expecting business to be better fell to an all-time low of 40%.  Revenue (at combined 90% for the same or better) and profit (combined 86%) dropped from last quarter.  Here is the profits trend for the last four quarterly surveys:

    Sixth Circuit Drops the Beat: Social Media Relevant in Determining Likelihood of Confusion

    Extract from article by Ulrika Mattsson

    The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed a grant of summary judgment, holding that the plaintiff provided insufficient evidence to find that relevant consumers were likely to confuse the sources of his and the defendant’s products or that defendant diluted the plaintiff’s mark. Lee Jason Kibler, dba DJ Logic v. Robert Bryson Hall, II, et al., Case No. 15-2516 (6th Cir., Dec. 13, 2016) (Cole, J).

    In assessing the likelihood of confusion, the Sixth Circuit examined the following eight factors that courts routinely use: “1) the strength of the plaintiff’s mark; 2) relatedness of the products; 3) similarity of the marks; 4) evidence of actual confusion; 5) plaintiff’s marketing channels; 6) likely degree of purchaser care; 7) defendant’s intent in selecting the mark; and 8) the probability that the product lines will expand.”

    Is Consolidation the New “Name of the Game” for E-Discovery?

    Extract from article by Chris Hildreth

    Organic growth in the e-discovery sector remains robust, with increased litigation activity, heightened regulatory scrutiny and data proliferation driving that expansion. However, with aggregate spending exceeding an estimated $10 billion annually, e-discovery as a category is maturing, and growth rates are moderating. For the private equity investor-backed consolidators in the sector, acquisitions are figuring even more prominently into their growth strategies in an effort to maintain historically strong growth rates.

    Economics of acquisitions in the legal technology sector can materially enhance consolidators’ returns on invested capital. In most instances, deal sizes and valuation multiples are correlated – smaller companies are valued at lower multiples. When larger players valued at comparatively high multiples tuck-in acquisition targets at lower multiples, consolidators enjoy value accretion on the transactions. That arbitrage or “riskless return” for the consolidator in these deals enhances investment returns. The value differential is a function of not only the smaller deal/smaller multiple phenomena but also the synergies realized in many of these acquisitions. Through elimination of duplicative people, technology and facilities, significant cost savings can be realized.


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