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A European engineering company approached FRA for a short-term data-collection assignment. Neither party anticipated that the project would escalate into a cross-border effort that would save the client billions of dollars.
FRA was asked to spend two weeks collecting data from a business unit located in France, then evaluate and recommend an eDiscovery vendor versed in European data protection and blocking statute constraints. The scope of the initial collection expanded significantly, resulting in FRA spending several months on location to work with counsel, interview custodians, identify critical and often old data sources, and deal with language and cultural issues, all while meeting existing data privacy requirements.
FRA’s team worked for several months searching through voluminous archives dispersed across a large shipyard to meet deadlines and ensure the timely preservation of critical data. The team mitigated the fears and mistrust of the client’s employees by interacting closely with internal and external counsel to gain the consents needed to collect and process the data.
When it became clear that no European-based eDiscovery vendor was available to process the data, and recognizing that shipping the data to the US for processing by a vendor would breach numerous European laws and carry criminal penalties, the client asked FRA to do the work itself.
Working together with lawyers to design robust data prioritization and culling methods, FRA developed a solution for processing all data from the client’s European law firm’s offices. FRA was able to identify and restore critical back-up tapes dating back decades and perform sophisticated analyses of crucial data. As the project expanded, FRA established a permanent data center in Paris, which continues to host FRA systems today.
The data was processed and handled in a compliant fashion, which resulted in FRA helping to find the supporting evidence needed to protect the client from possible sanctions as a result of loss of relevant data. FRA’s efforts reduced a multi-billion-dollar securities class action suit by more than 95% and saved the client billions of dollars by disproving alleged disclosure omissions.