Member Spotlight

International Litigation Services

July 13, 2020

If you handle Mass Torts and Class Actions, there’s a high probability that you already know about ILS, the Premier Plaintiff’s Discovery Consultancy.  We’ve been in the discovery business for over 30 years. 10 years ago, we decided that we’d had enough of corporate greed, putting shareholder value above the people harmed by the products that flowed into the stream of commerce.  In response, ILS decided to focus solely on Plaintiff’s discovery.  A lot of people thought we were crazy – discovery is discovery.  We know differently, especially in Asymmetrical Litigation which form the majority of plaintiff cases. Plaintiff’s discovery requires entirely different workflows than those used by defense.  We felt that Plaintiff’s Practitioners deserved to have a partner who was as passionate about justice and siding with the underdog as they are.

So, ILS brought together an amazing team, drawn largely from the Plaintiff’s bar – both lawyers and technologists.  We’ve invested in the best technology to help guide our clients through highly effective workflows.  And we created a suite of exceptionally effective eDiscovery tools to help find the Fact Evidence that you need to prove your case.  We’ve included experts from medicine, pharmacology, linguistics, statistics and computer forensics to provide us with the domain expertise to make discovery more effective and expose the nuances in the evidence that wins cases.

We also understood that no matter how good the technology or the team, if the key documents are not produced, you’ll never find them.  DISCOVERY RULES MATTER.  Our Senior Negotiators go toe-to-toe with the best eDiscovery Attorneys on Defense – the likes of Jonathan Rosenthal (Winston Strawn) and Patrick Oot (Shook Hardy).  That’s why ILS wants to help you from the very beginning – to leverage our expertise in assuring that the discovery rules are drawn fairly.  Our experts will stand with you in court, or work behind the scenes to advise, edit and contribute to assure that your discovery demands are tight and effective, that there are validation processes to verify defense compliance and confirm what is produced is all there so we can hold defendants accountable for their lapses.

We’re happy to report that we’ve been very successful.  But discovery is a moving target.  Recent trends in defense strategy are designed to make Plaintiff’s discovery more burdensome, expensive and to cause delay.  They are working hard to scare clients away from participating in class actions.  ILS has kept up with defense moves.  Last June 2019, the Association of Corporate Counsel held a seminar for defense counsel entitled, “Leveling the Playing Field in Asymmetric Litigation.”  The central premise was ‘why should defense have to bear all of the burden in discovery?’  They want to make discovery more expensive for Plaintiff’s with no real justification other than that they can.

We want to share what we’ve learned about these new defense strategies.  We put together a webinar that the MTVA will be hosting on August 12, called Recent Trends in Defendant Discovery Tactics.  This is information that every Plaintiff practitioner needs to know.  Its smoking hot!  Remember what every lawyer worth her or his salt knows: what you don’t know will hurt you.  So please tune in and learn a few things that may shock you.  We guarantee it will help prepare you for the threat horizon that looms in your future.

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