Microsoft Corporation Deploys Clearwell to Assist With E-Discovery

Big news in the eDiscovery world (and Puget Sound area) with word that Microsoft selected Clearwell – which happens to be one of our featured solutions.

TERIS can work with corporations to either purchase the appliance and service (if they want to bring it in-house) or offer the service on an as-needed project bases.

The reality is there are not many corporations that can justify the cost of bringing the tool in-house anyway, because only a small percentage of companies deal with the same volume of litigation as Microsoft.

Regardless whether companies elect to purchase it or use it on a project basis, Clearwell is becoming even more pervasive and popular in the corporate world.


MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA–(Marketwire – January 12, 2010) – Clearwell Systems, Inc., a leader in intelligent e-discovery, today announced Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), a Fortune 500 company, has deployed the Clearwell E-Discovery Platform as a component of its in-house e-discovery strategy. Microsoft’s legal and IT teams use Clearwell to increase the efficiency of the e-discovery process for litigation, regulatory inquiries and internal investigations.

“E-discovery costs are a significant portion of litigation costs,” said Rich Wallis, deputy general counsel of litigation at Microsoft. “With the implementation of Clearwell’s pre-processing, processing and analysis solution, we are further streamlining our e-discovery processes, starting with early case assessment, intelligent and appropriate minimization and search.”

The Clearwell E-Discovery Platform is fully operational in less than 25 minutes and provides users with immediate visibility into case facts, significantly accelerating early case assessment. Clearwell’s Transparent Search, metadata filters, and people analytics enable users to quickly and defensibly eliminate irrelevant documents and false positives, lowering processing costs and reducing review workload. The product’s discussion threading and relevance ranking capabilities display documents in context, further increasing review throughput. Responsive documents can be produced or seamlessly uploaded into litigation support databases via EDRM-compliant XML and other major load file formats. In addition, the Clearwell E-Discovery Platform automatically tracks all actions on case documents throughout the e-discovery workflow, ensuring a defensible e-discovery process.

“The e-discovery expense will continue to increase as the amount of electronically stored information grows,” said Kamal Shah, vice president of product management and marketing at Clearwell Systems. “To cope with this, many companies like Microsoft are choosing Clearwell to perform early case assessments in-house and gain control over e-discovery costs.”

About Clearwell Systems

Clearwell Systems is transforming the way enterprises and law firms perform electronic discovery (e-discovery) in response to litigation, regulatory inquiries, and internal investigations. The Clearwell E-Discovery Platform automates the processing, analysis, review, and production phases of e-discovery via a single, integrated product. Leading organizations such as Constellation Energy, Cisco, DLA Piper, Johnson & Johnson, Toyota, and the Department of Homeland Security / Office of Inspector General are using Clearwell to accelerate early case assessments, intelligently cull-down data, increase reviewer productivity, and ensure the defensibility of their e-discovery process. Consistently ranked as a leader in independent industry surveys and reports, Clearwell Systems is an active participant in the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) Project and The Sedona Conference. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter at, or subscribe to the E-Discovery 2.0 blog at

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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