AccessData Inc. yesterday issued a legal alert addressing a recently published court ruling furthering the legal standing of its Forensic Toolkit® (FTK®) software. In this instance, the case addressed FTK’s native search engine used to identify, search and collect electronically stored information (ESI)…In Smith v. Slifer Smith & Frampton/Vail Associates Real Estate, a United States District Court accepted data searched for and produced by FTK:
The production of the ESI in the form of the FTK report is generally acknowledged as an acceptable method of production of ESI. See, e.g., In re Atlantic Intern’l Mortg. Co., 352 B.R. 503, 509 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2006); Rivera-Cruz. v. Latimer, Miaggi, Rachid & Godreau, LLP, 2008 WL 2446331 at 10-11 (D. Puerto Rico 2008); U.S. v. Potts, 2008 WL 2051090 at 6 (D. Kan. 2008).
“The ruling by the Smith court is further validation of FTK as the leading software for eDiscovery,” said Tim Leehealey, CEO of AccessData. “eDiscovery best practices are defined by the courts, and published case law such as this decision is important legal authority that guides corporate counsel, law firms and eDiscovery practitioners as they seek to employ proven and defensible processes.”
Forensic Toolkit® technology has been validated by court decisions for almost ten years and serves as the platform for AccessData eDiscovery. AccessData eDiscovery is a leading eDiscovery software for the search, identification, collection, preservation and processing of ESI. It performs automated search, collection, preservation and processing of ESI residing on desktops, laptops, network shares, email servers, removable storage media and more than 30 structured data repositories—all without any business disruption. AccessData eDiscovery maintains the integrity of the collected data, including file metadata, with a court-validated chain of custody. Additionally, extensive processing capabilities enable post-collection culling and deduplication of data, as well as load file creation for the most popular attorney review platforms, allowing customers to drastically reduce processing, storage and attorney review costs. AccessData was rated “Positive” in Gartner’s annual report, MarketScope for E‐Discovery Software Product Vendors, 2008.