In this month's issue of Corporate Counsel Magazine, Amy Kolz reports on the amazing technology used in connection with the Medtronic spinal surgical inventions litigation. The case resulted in a $560 million verdict against Medtronic, and a $1.35 billion settlement followed.
Attorneys worked from 9 AM to 8 PM piloting seven black computers from a conference room. These "Death Star Pilots," flying with Attenex Patterns software, sifted through 44 million electronic pages in less than four months. They succeeded in finding critical documents. "I remember seeing that [critical] document and thinking this is the reason we fought so hard for the electronic information."
The article can be found here.