Last Day at LegalTech 2012 Brings Mergers, Collection Tools #ltnyYesterday was the last day of LegalTech New York 2012, and though vendors and legal professionals alike have left, many of the product launches, announcements, case studies and panel discussions will stay with them for some time.

The New Justice League

And yet, just because it’s the last day, doesn’t meant that there weren't announcements. EthicsPoint, ELT and Global Compliance announced that they were joining forces to lead an ethics and compliance company, essentially expanding their capacity to meet the needs of customers all over the world.

There’s no question that increased regulations and calls for compliance have challenged industries to adapt and adopt new methodologies for creating, storing and managing information across platforms and technologies. Such challenges seem to have provided the impetus for these three companies to partner and become a champion for GRC.

Mark Reed, EthicsPoint, President & CEO, will assume the CEO position of the merged organizations. Shanti Atkins, ELT, President & CEO, will serve as the combined company’s President & Chief Strategy Officer. Jim Burke, Global Compliance, CEO, will serve on the company’s Board of Directors.

Guidance Software

Last week, Guidance Software brought its forensic tools to the Apple iPad, iPhone 4 and iPod Touch. This week, it announced a new version of its EnCase e-Discovery software featuring the ability to collect electronically stored information (ESI) from more cloud-based data services, including desktops, laptops, servers, tablets, mobile phones, enterprise repositories and cloud services, among others; and a new collected data re-use feature for searching evidence collected for previous cases.

The new capabilities, available in EnCase e-Discovery v4.4 and shipping in March, have been designed to help corporate IT and legal teams assert that they have searched all of the potentially relevant ESI in their possession, custody or control. Subsequently, the Collected Data Re-use (CDR) feature allows e-Discovery teams to search already collected evidence residing in an EnCase Logical Evidence File (LEF) from a previous matter. Both tools work to reduce legal risk, e-discovery collection time and the overall impact on custodians.