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Lexbe Releases Updated LEP User Manual

An updated LEP User Manual is now available!  Click here to download your copy.

New Document Compare Feature!

LEP has added a new built-in feature on the Doc tab of the Doc Viewer allowing a user to compare two documents within a case. This can be extremely helpful when reviewing email chains and near duplicate documents. The new compare feature can display the documents side by side or line by line while highlighting all the differences. For more information, see tech note here.

LEP Supports Google Chrome MS Office Native Doc Viewer

Upon ingestion, LEP will attempt to process and convert compatible files to PDF for ease of review and will maintain and make available for download the native file in the Originals tab of the LEP Doc Viewer. When native review is preferred, Lexbe recommends a Google Chrome add-on that populates the LEP Doc Viewer Originals tab with a native viewer that can open MS Office documents. This is particularly helpful when needing to review Excel and PowerPoint files. The viewer will display these files as they would appear in their native program. For Excel files, this includes multiple sheets and for Powerpoint files this includes the presentation layout with comments and/or notes. There are many advantages to using the Google Chrome MS Office native doc viewer add on: speeds review in native format without having to download file, includes read-only native program functionality and navigation, provides option to download native file directly, contains tab views supported for Excel spreadsheets, and is offered directly by Google in the Chrome browser (compliance standards upheld). This add-on is supported for Google Chrome on Windows and MAC. For more information, see help page here

Legal Depts are increasingly Relying on AI in eDiscovery

The 12th annual Law Department Operations (LDO) survey found that effective use of technology in law departments has been slow to accelerate. Artificial intelligence has been wildly growing among several markets, but is just beginning to saturate the legal market–however, it is expected to continue. In general, AI has the potential to introduce new sources of growth, changing how work is done and reinforcing the role of people to drive growth in business. As Reese Arrowsmith, vice president, head of legal operations for Campbell Soup Co. states, “I do see AI and other technology advances having an impact on the way lawyers work. New technology will augment ways of working and may impact who completes legal work. I also see the legal industry utilizing data analytics to make decisions and to predict outcomes.”

One survey revealed that nearly half of those asked, said their law department does not use AI at all.  And, when law departments do use AI, it is most likely for e-discovery and document review. Twenty-seven percent of respondents sometimes use it for these areas, and 7% always use it.

To download the full report, click here

ABA Law Technology Research Center Features Lexbe in the Litigation Support Chart

A Comparison of Major eDiscovery Providers

“The Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC) provides legal technology resources to ABA members through various outlets including a technology blog, publications, monthly webinars and its extensive website. Technology lives in a state of flux which makes it challenging to stay updated, but the LTRC’s expert staff and member board researches and shares information to give lawyers a competitive edge without having to take time or focus away from their clients or organizations.” The ABA LTRC has a resource chart available to members and non-members that compares major eDiscovery providers on the market as a resource for attorneys. The detailed categories include general description, product/license pricing with target market firm size, software compatibility, presentation features, OS compatibility, searching/language support and technical support. Lexbe is pleased to be included in the recent update published 11/2019. Below is an excerpt for Lexbe’s entry. See below for the ABA link to the full report.
Product Name Lexbe eDiscovery Platform
Description Lexbe offers customers use of the Lexbe eDiscovery Platform, which is cloud/web-based eDiscovery and complex document management software. Processing features include: DIY upload/ingestion of native and produced ESI, early case assessment, processing, deduplication, deNISTing, OCR of image files, text extraction of native files, email threading, and exact and near-duplication identification. Review features include: PII and other confidential/proprietary information identification and coding, redactions, technology assisted review (TAR), foreign document auto-translation, auto-transcription of audio and video files, search index auto-updating, tabbed search interface and saved searches, and built-in and unlimited custom coding fields. Export and production capabilities include briefcases, TIFF, PDF and native productions and other exports, standard and custom load files, and automatic or custom privilege log creation. Depo and trial features include transcript management, highlighting, annotations, private and shared notes, and legal fact & issues/chronology construction.
Product/License Pricing The Lexbe eDiscovery Platform is fully scalable and can handle large and small cases/projects. Pricing is based on data stored with no user fees, set-up fees, case fees, etc. Processing is free when done in a hosting account. Hosting plans are available at various data levels, and current pricing starts at $5/GB/Month for subscription accounts.
Software Compatibility Lexbe is completely web-based, so no local servers or offline software is needed. Multiple monitors are supported.
Presentation Features Lexbe creates one document record per file and extracts important metadata into built in fields while maintaining family relationships. These document records can be organized in multiple views by sorting, filtering, adjusting field display, assigning folders, searching etc. And these views can be saved for convenient referral. Lexbe includes a built in doc viewer that opens as a new web browser window. Here each document record has multiple tabs, including: PDF tab (contains converted pdf), Original tab (original native file for viewing or downloading), Text tab (OCRed text), HTML tab (native extracted text), Translated tab (machine translation of non-english documents), Hits tab (highlighted search terms with text wrap), Redacted tab, Production tab (Bates-stamped versions), and Annotations tab (for witness examination). Multiple features are available through the doc viewer including responsive and custom coding/tagging, notes, and facts and issues assignment. Productions can be run DIY by users with the appropriate rights and then downloaded or distributed via secure download links. Users can create unlimited custom Facts and Issues for presentations, and facts are linked to transcripts, documents and other evidence. Case timelines/chronologies are automatically created from facts and issues.
Operating System Compatibility Lexbe is online/SaaS based and will work with current web browsers on any operating system including Microsoft, Apple and Android.
Search/Language Support Searches run on a scalable back-end environment and even large complex searches with over 1 million documents return in seconds. Searches run on the Lexbe UberIndex, which combines comprehensive native file text extraction, OCR of images and imaged files, metadata extraction, foreign language translations, and dynamic real time updating into a single concatenated search index to provide comprehensive eDiscovery search results. This includes document tracked changes and revisions, presentation notes, hidden text, hidden cells in spreadsheets, transcriptions of audio and video files, foreign language translations, and OCRed text. Unicode and foreign languages are supported for search. Language identification and machine translation of major foreign languages to English are available also. Lexbe offers a variety of search options, including a simple ‘GoogleTM-like’ search box, but also more complex Boolean, Exact Phrase, Any of the Words and Fuzzy Search options. Searches can be saved and shared and can be additionally filtered by metadata and custom coding/tagging.
Technical Support Lexbe offers free Customer Support, an 800 number, and a 24/7 ticket system. Every new account receives free custom training and free weekly web-based training is also available. The Lexbe Professional Services team is available to help clients with project management of their cases as needed. All Professional Service members are ACEDS certified and have extensive eDiscovery knowledge, expertise and experience.
The full ABA LTRC report is available here:

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