SOURCE: Complete Discovery Source

Complete Discovery Source

May 04, 2010 11:20 ET

Complete Discovery Source Partners With Lineal to Provide International eDiscovery Services

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 4, 2010) -  New York-based Complete Discovery Source (CDS) and London-based Lineal today announced that they will enter into a strategic partnership. The partnership will allow each company to provide electronic discovery and electronic disclosure support to its clients across the Atlantic.

Under the partnership agreement, discoverable data of multi-national litigants can remain within its international borders. International experts familiar with relevant jurisdictional data-privacy directives and laws will handle the data, while in-country project managers, local to the clients, will coordinate the efforts. 

E.U. Privacy Laws
Privacy laws in the E.U. differ dramatically from those in the United States. E.U. Data Privacy Directive (Directive 95/46) holds that personal data, including email, may not be sent outside the European Economic Area. Additionally, local jurisdictions, like France, have discovery "blocking" laws, and under both national and international laws, mishandling of data can result in fines and criminal liability.

Multi-National Litigation
Today's corporations often have offices spread across the globe and multi-national corporations located in the U.S. can be required to collect data abroad, for U.S. litigation. Lineal has developed proven protocols for gathering, processing and transporting evidence in compliance with the laws of the countries where the evidence is located. By partnering with Lineal, CDS is positioned to better support its clients' international discovery requests and comply with foreign data protection and discovery "blocking" laws.

The Partnership
"For multi-national firms, it is a relief to have a local contact with international reach, who can help them navigate the rules of various jurisdictions," stated CDS' Vice President of Business Development Joseph Wheeler. CDS, an established firm in the U.S. legal technology market, selected Lineal as its strategic partner because of the expertise and reputation that Lineal's founders have established in the U.K. and E.U. markets. From its headquarters in London, Lineal's expert management team delivers 40 years of high caliber experience across a wide range of specialized legal support disciplines.

About Complete Discovery Source
Complete Discovery Source (CDS) is a full-service provider of eDiscovery services. CDS merges cutting-edge technology with a team of experts from around the world, to provide a best-of-breed suite of solutions. As a trusted advisor to law firms and corporate legal departments, CDS provides cost-certainty while maintaining accuracy and efficiency. For more information, visit www.cdslegal.com.

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