LexisNexis U.S. to Acquire Applied Discovery; Launches Total Search Application

Jul 15, 2003


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LexisNexis U.S., a provider of legal, news and business information services, has entered into an agreement to acquire Applied Discovery, a Seattle-based provider of Web-based electronic discovery services to U.S. law firms, large corporations, and government agencies. Applied Discovery's services include data gathering, media restoration, data processing, online review, and document production and reporting. LexisNexis is a member of Reed Elsevier Group plc. Applied Discovery's products and services have applications in other industries served by LexisNexis, such as financial services, healthcare, government and insurance, all which require the efficient, high-volume processing of electronic files with a document review platform. Applied Discovery has a processing capacity of more than three million pages per day, with documents typically ready for review within 48 hours. Applied Discovery's services will complement the existing LexisNexis e-Discovery offerings such as e-Discovery Solutions powered by DolphinSearch by providing customers an expanded range of electronic discovery choices from LexisNexis. They also augment LexisNexis' extensive array of litigation support tools including its flagship research products, online access to the nation's courts and advanced searching and notification capabilities by LexisNexis CourtLink, Shepard's Citation Service and SmartLinx. Applied Discovery will become part of the North American Legal Markets division of LexisNexis, which includes operating units LexisNexis CourtLink and Martindale-Hubbell. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed. The transaction is subject to the customary regulatory review.

LexisNexis U.S. has also announced the launch of LexisNexis Total Search, an integrated search application that enhances knowledge sharing within a law firm by providing access to both internal and external content in a single search using the lexis.com user interface. LexisNexis Total Search provides access to internal work product including briefs, pleadings, and memoranda while simultaneously searching the content available from LexisNexis. LexisNexis Total Search allows users to research a specific case, legal issue, or even a person at lexis.com while concurrently searching for and linking to on-point information within the firm's documents, in an effort to cut search time, create new efficiencies, and increase productivity. Users can search internal and LexisNexis content in a single search, or begin their research within the firm's internal documents prior to searching LexisNexis or other external information providers. Constructed from a firm's document repository, an enhanced lexis.com user interface and a user's Internet browser, LexisNexis Total Search provides cross-referencing of relevant LexisNexis content and internal work product based on case citations and legal topics. The LexisNexis Total Search application architecture is customizable to meet the individual needs of each firm and allow for the integration of other products in the future. Installation of the application requires minimal integration and works on standard platforms.

(http://www.applieddiscovery.com), (http://www.lexisnexis.com), (http://www.reedelsevier.com)