Legal IT Latest eDiscovery News: Nuix, Exterro, Relativity and Onna 

Keeping you up to date on all the latest eDiscovery news, we bring you details of a class action against Nuix; Exterro’s new general counsel; RelativityOne launching in Ireland; Onna’s improved Zoom connector; and news of the second annual eDiscovery Today 2022 State of the Industry Report Survey, sponsored by EDRM.

A class action has been lodged against beleaguered eDiscovery provider Nuix alleging that it made misleading representations or omissions in its initial public offering prospectus and in market disclosures, and that it failed to comply with its continuous disclosure obligations as an ASX listed company. 

 The action, lodged by Australian ‘no win, no fee’ compensation law firm Shine Lawyers, is on behalf of William Lay and any other shareholders who acquired shares between 18 November and 30 May 2021 inclusive. While other law firms are involved in investigations into Nuix, this is the first confirmed class action. You can find that class action summary statement here: 

Shine first announced that it was considering a class action in June. In a news release on 22 November confirming the class action, the Brisbane-headquartered firm said that shareholders were bringing the action against Nuix alleging that it gave “inadequate guidance on revenue, misleading sales forecasts, and [that it] breached the company’s continuous disclosure obligations.” 

Class actions practice leader, Craig Allsopp said in a statement that the firm’s investigation has revealed that the “company’s prospectus and financial forecasts may have misrepresented or omitted financial information and potential risks, which was misleading and deceptive to investors.” 

He added: “This inflated forecast has ultimately cost shareholders hundreds of millions of dollars. Our class action aims to recover these losses for the thousands of investors impacted by Nuix Limited’s alleged misconduct.” 

Nuix said on 22 November, in a formal statement acknowledging the class action, that it disputes the allegations and will be defending the claim. 

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Exterro has hired legal discovery expert and technologist Jenny Hamilton as its new general counsel. Hamilton previously led John Deere’s Global Evidence Team where she helped to build the nearly 200-year-old brand’s e-discovery, investigations and cross-border discovery practice. During her 14 years at Deere, Hamilton executed on a strategically developed blueprint for the global adoption, deployment and use of advanced technology that would transform the Fortune 100 firm company-wide GRC practices. Hamilton and her team selected Exterro as Deere’s first e-Discovery platform.  

“Jenny’s hire as our new GC comes during a remarkable time of growth at Exterro as we expand our firm’s global footprint while developing enhanced functionality throughout our Legal GRC platform that further validates our market leadership position,” said Exterro founder and CEO, Bobby Balachandran. “Representing one of our longest and strongest customer partnerships from a Fortune 100 company, Ms. Hamilton’s in-house experience coupled with her keen understanding of our technology will provide Exterro with the foresight and global expertise necessary to grow our world-class operation and expand our Fortune 500 customer base.” 

Relativity’s end-to-end SaaS product RelativityOne is now available in Ireland. The consulting services team at BSI is Relativity’s official launch partner and users can now control their data in-country. 

“It’s exciting to see that through RelativityOne’s scalability, users can work seamlessly and securely around the world to discover the truth in data,” said Steve Couling, managing director and vice president of sales in EMEA at Relativity. 

“RelativityOne usage is rapidly growing, and we see Ireland as a significant market in adding to the e-discovery momentum in EMEA,” said Nisrine Nehmé, Sales Manager, EMEA at Relativity. “It was a natural fit to partner with BSI to launch in Ireland and we look forward to seeing how they continue to leverage the extensibility of our SaaS product to further optimize the businesses of their clients.” 

Onna has announced enhancements to its Zoom connector to deliver a more complete and defensible eDiscovery and information governance solution. 

Customers can now collect, search, assess, and export data from Zoom Chat alongside Zoom Meetings and other third-party applications, to better support eDiscovery and investigation needs in today’s remote working environment.   

Onna’s connectors enable granular, API-based integrations with the most popular collaboration and productivity tools, extracting, then processing and indexing all available data and metadata to create a full, contextualized and searchable repository of an organization’s corporate knowledge.  

“It’s no secret that Zoom has massively influenced the creation of our new world of remote and hybrid working, giving us a forum to connect and collaborate at a distance,” said Salim Elkhou, founder and CEO at Onna. “But even in this new world,  corporate knowledge needs to be easily discoverable for litigation and investigations, just like email. Legal and IT teams are under new pressure to evolve their information governance strategies accordingly, and this is why Onna is far better equipped for today’s workplace apps than traditional eDiscovery and data collection tools.” 

And the second annual eDiscovery Today 2022 State of the Industry Report Survey sponsored by EDRM is now out. It consists of ten questions, plus one EDRM bonus sponsor question. The survey will be conducted for several weeks and will be concluded when there is a statistically significant number of responses.   

The results will be published in the 2022 State of the Industry Report sometime in January for those taking the survey and subscribers to the eDiscovery Today blog.  No email addresses or individual responses will be shared with or distributed to third parties.  

“Writing at least one blog post every business day, Doug Austin has his finger on the pulse of our eDiscovery community,” said Mary Mack, CEO and chief legal technologist at EDRM. “It will be interesting to see the differences from year to year given our unprecedented times.” 

 You can access the survey here: