About ILS - International Litigation Services
Our mission is helping our clients find truth in the form of evidence on which they can pursue the cause of
Justice. We are passionate in our commitment to the Plaintiff’s Bar and engage solely with Plaintiff counsel
on Plaintiff oriented matters. While we specialize in Mass Torts and Class Action, we welcome single event
matters too. ILS brings human and technological resources together to level the playing field that has
heretofore been dominated by the big defense firms. The entire ILS Team stands with our clients to fight
against corporate mischief that covets profits over people’s well-being.
ILS, established 31 years ago in 1988, has become the nation’s preeminent plaintiff-only eDiscovery
vendor. ILS specializes in leveling the playing field for the plaintiff’s bar by providing high quality ESI
services to help plaintiffs win their cases. ILS stands apart from other eDiscovery vendors because we are
committed to only serving the plaintiff’s bar, meaning that our clients know that they are sharing their vital
case strategies with like-minded professionals who are committed and passionate about getting justice for
Our decision to become fully plaintiff focused was predicated on several salient factors. First, working on
Mass Torts and Class Actions, plaintiff’s sit in an asymmetrical posture relative to the volume of their
production as compared to defendants’. As an eDiscovery company, that calls out a different kind of needs
fulfillment for the provider. Defense oriented ESI providers are tasked with culling data as early as possible,
processing, hosting and reviewing that data as it flows through the funnel of elimination. Defense oriented
consulting is predicated on helping their institutional clients reduce their risk by limiting the amount of data
they need to process, host and review. And defense firms have their own eDiscovery practice professionals
– lawyers who came from strong technology backgrounds lead the discovery protocols for their firms.
These are sophisticated and very talented technology lawyers well versed in presenting ESI protocols, that
strongly favor their clients’ interests and seem completely reasonable, both to the court and often to
plaintiff’s counsel. But that reasonableness reflects a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The stipulation is meant to
disadvantage plaintiffs and reduce risk for the large institutional clients and white shoe law firms who
ILS recognized that the plaintiff’s bar was at a distinct disadvantage, both from this resource imbalance
AND because of the disproportionate burden of receiving a literal blizzard of digital evidence, often at the
last possible time before important case events. We’ve seen defense attempt to hide good documents in
terabytes of nothing-burgers that are barely responsive or overwhelmingly defense supportive.
So, after 21 years of working with anyone who needed our services, ILS changed course and became the
first (and to our knowledge the only) Plaintiff Only eDiscovery Company. We completely reoriented our
focus to help plaintiffs solve the data blizzard problem. Since everything plaintiffs receive is presumed
responsive, our focus for over a decade has been on helping our clients categorize and analyze the
productions to find the most relevant documents and associate them with the issues they support.
To accomplish our shift to Plaintiff eDiscovery, we created several resource areas necessary for our
effectiveness. We pulled together a core group of highly passionate attorneys drawn from the plaintiff’s bar
to lead the management of our plaintiff client matters and paired them with subject matter expert
consultants who work closely with our clients to help them negotiate ESI Protocols and other discovery
challenges, setting the table more equitably and enabling plaintiffs to obtain the important documents that
too often seem so elusive.
We developed special analytics workflows designed to identify relevance and categorize issues. We created an analytics driven machine translation workhorse and hired linguists to teach it particular foreign languages with specific focus on case specific subject matter. For example, in the Toyota Unintended
Acceleration Cases, we had to program for many nuances of Japanese language like differentiating between Tundra as frozen ground and Tundra as a pickup truck. We’ve developed workflows, algorithms, and processes to find gaps in productions, to identify missing custodians, to uncover the hidden truths that plaintiff counsel knows in their gut must exist but which often require ILS’ special technology and acumen to
Over the past decade of exclusively plaintiff practice, ILS has distinguished our company by continual success in the largest Mass Tort and Class Action matters on the planet. We have assisted in virtually every Federal Products Liability Mass Tort case against big pharma and medical device manufacturers, with distinguished success in Actos, Medtronic Infuse, TRT Litigation and many more. Our assistance was pivotal in automotive and other product liability Mass Tort matters such as the VW Diesel, Takata Airbag and Samsung Galaxy Phone cases. In short, ILS has succeeded in its mission to bring balance and equity to plaintiff’s eDiscovery. Our mission statement says it succinctly:
Our mission is helping our clients find Truth in the form of evidence on which they can pursue the cause of Justice. We are passionate in our commitment to the Plaintiff’s Bar and engage solely with Plaintiff counsel on Plaintiff oriented matters. While we specialize in Mass Torts and Class Action, we welcome single event matters too. ILS brings human and technological resources together to level the playing field that has heretofore been dominated by the big defense firms. The entire ILS Team stands with our clients to fight against corporate mischief that covets profits over people’s well-being.
The 2015 Federal Rules revision slanted discovery statutes towards a defense bias making it harder for plaintiffs to counter discovery abuses with the threat of sanctions. This has accented the imperative of
establishing strong ESI Protocols early in the case. Of being aggressive in discovery demands and having the technological chops to evaluate defense productions; calling the fouls and abuses quickly and with
specificity. ILS joins the battle with our clients, driven by our passion, our sense of mission and our dedication assuring that you have the potency of resources behind you to move your case as quickly as possible to the largest settlement or verdict.
We understand the economic dynamics as well. Plaintiff’s counsel must bankroll these actions. Defense knows that and works strategically to deny, delay, limit, obfuscate, chip away at causes of action, and
increase plaintiffs’ costs to run down plaintiff’s war chest and compel more favorable (desperation) settlements. ILS responded by offering the lowest hosting rate in the marketplace and then topped that with
a service bundle aimed at both lowering spend and making it more predictable. In addition, we do what virtually no defense oriented ESI vendor would consider – deferring and / or amortizing plaintiff’s discovery costs over the course of the case. We demonstrate our passion for the mission by putting skin in the game.