Eversheds Sutherland has launched a proprietary tool to help clients assess the risk of an adverse ruling on spoliation of evidence in any US court. Spoliation is the destruction of alteration of evidence resulting from a party’s failure to preserve it within litigation.
Developed in partnership with Fastcase, Spoliation Scientist allows clients operating in multiple jurisdictions to quickly identify areas of risk, direct focus and better budget and forecast for specific discovery-related expenses. It uses a combination of Fastcase’s legal research data, professional review of automated data tagging by the Fastcase AI Sandbox technology, and content expertise to establish a visual database of cases where a judge ruled on a claim of spoliation and the sanctions imposed where spoliation was found.
“Spoliation findings can result in severe penalties and the issue is top of mind for any litigator and in-house counsel,” said Greg Kaufman, Eversheds Sutherland litigation partner and member of the firm’s litigation technology working group.
“Being able to see with a few clicks, in any jurisdiction across the US, how often spoliation has been ruled on and what the decision was is an extremely valuable insight that we are now able to provide to our clients.”
The process and technology Fastcase and Eversheds Sutherland built together can be applied to other data sets within the litigation process, allowing Eversheds to better advise their clients on risk and potential outcomes.
For more information visit https://us.eversheds-sutherland.com/Client-Tools/Spoliation-Scientist.