Case Studies

SunBlock Systems Guides Foreign Defendants Through eDiscovery in Anti-Trust Lawsuit

The Client:

Three foreign national automobile-parts manufacturers

The Scenario:

Three international automobile-parts manufacturers are accused of anti-competitive conduct in the U.S. market and become subject to a multi-party law suit by U.S. competitors. Unfamiliar with the American legal system, the clients seek an experienced e-discovery provider to meet U.S. discovery requirements, identify and mitigate risks, and support clients’ overall defense strategy.

The Investigation:

SunBlock was retained to implement its proven technical strategy for electronic discovery. Dispatching personnel to clients’ various international locations, the SunBlock bilingual experts conducted on-site interviews in the clients’ native language to obtain complete understanding of the clients’ electronic systems and support their legal teams in preparing for a Rule 26(f) meet and confer. SunBlock forensic experts’ testimony helped all parties come to an agreement on the bounds of discovery. The SunBlock team examined hundreds of digital devices and collected close to a petabyte of electronically stored information (ESI), equivalent to roughly 100 times the printed data stored in the U.S. Library of Congress. Subsequent to the data collection, SunBlock processed the ESI and established and hosted a document review platform to store and provide a team of review attorneys access to millions of documents. Additional document review and production support was provided throughout discovery, which spanned close to two years.

The Benefits:

By utilizing SunBlock’s expertise in large scale e-discovery projects, the clients were able to properly navigate around the complexities of discovery. The SunBlock team helped the clients identify numerous procedural minefields and avoid sanctions, resulting in a relatively smooth discovery process.