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FTI Technology Launches Ringtail QuickCull Appliance For In-House E-Discovery

FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:FCN), the global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance their enterprise value, today announced the launch of Ringtail QuickCull, a new pre-configured hardware and software package for e-discovery. With rapid deployment and out-of-the-box functionality, QuickCull enables corporations to cull and analyze data on-premise prior to review by outside counsel, providing earlier insight into data and dramatic e-discovery cost reduction.

"It has been my experience that deploying Ringtail QuickCull for pre-processing, culling, triage review, and data export dramatically streamlines the most time and technology intensive parts of data collection and production while maintaining forensic integrity," said Joseph Perkovich, associate with Dorsey & Whitney LLP.  "Due to QuickCull's rapid implementation and reliability in digesting data, I am aware of no better discovery tool for use in enforcement or investigative actions brought by prosecutors, regulators or legislative committees."

Upon installation, users can immediately begin indexing data and quickly identify duplicate files, which are automatically tagged for efficiency. Hidden files and columns, tracked changes and other modifications are also available to view. Reviewers can search for documents using a variety of search methods, including keywords and complex Boolean queries that can also be restricted to specific metadata fields. QuickCull then presents documents for preview, allowing reviewers to mark and tag individual documents in preview mode. These markings are saved for export into processing, review and analysis tools via the EDRM XML standard, an industry standard for which FTI took a leadership position to develop. QuickCull is also Unicode compliant to support international requirements.

"Our corporate clients not only want cost-effective tools for today's needs, but also smart investments that help support a long-term e-discovery strategy," said Patrick Strong, senior managing director of FTI Technology, a business unit of FTI Consulting. "QuickCull meets this challenge by providing immediate out-of-the-box benefits and a clear path for streamlining the e-discovery process for future matters."

Cost Reduction
The vast majority of data that corporations save and collect for e-discovery - whether in enterprise content management (ECM) systems, line of business (LOB) applications or other storage repositories - are not relevant to legal or regulatory matters. However, many corporations collect any and all data within the parameters of a case - all of the emails of ten key custodians, for example - and then work with their law firm or a legal service provider to facilitate processing and review. If the irrelevant data is eliminated earlier in the process, clients reduce the cost of not only of potentially extraneous processing, but also legal review by focusing on the data that matters to the facts at hand.

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