Answers to your frequently asked questions about computer forensics in the midst of class action lawsuits. To read more about a particular service area, see the Frequently Asked Question.
Class Action Law FAQs
Typically, the best source of email evidence is the email server. While emails may be found in multiple locations such as on a phone, tablet, or computer, those locations tend to hold fewer emails than the server. For example, many phone users have their emails synced for only 30 days, and maybe only six months on their computer. Whereas the email server may have three years or more worth of email. Therefore, frequently the email server is the preferred source of evidence.
Yes, we provided electronic discovery services for a state government that brought a class action lawsuit against a large asian manufacturer for price fixing.
Evidence in Class Action cases can be obtained from many sources: mobile phones, tablets, desktop and laptop computers, and social media. We can collect data from multiple sources so class action cases are not a problem for us. In fact, we provide our clients “Consolidated Reports” than combine evidence from multiple sources all in one PDF Evidence Report. We can help you determine what type of evidence to look for, and how to collect and preserve it. We have had experience working with law firms and companies on both the plaintiff and defense side of class action cases.
There are three ways we collect mobile phone evidence:
- Mobile Phone itself.
- Backups of the mobile phone on the computer.
- Backups of the mobile phone on a cloud service.
Our forensic software and collection procedures are fully defensible. Meaning, we protect your data integrity so you can use it for litigation if needed. We extract images, videos, text messages call logs, notes, voicemail and application data. In addition, we always maintain chain of custody and preserve the integrity of the evidence, so it can be admissible in court.
We are lawyers with a deep technical backgrounds. We can extract financial files (e.g. accounting files like Quicken and QuickBooks), and financial data in databases. If you need a detailed financial review for your legal case, we can recommend a forensic accountant or CPA.
Mobile and computer forensics cost is flat-fee based per device. For example, a phone starts at $875, Computer $1,275, and Email Account $875. You can see all our flat-fees here. The flat-fee services are all-inclusive. Therefore, we don’t charge for phone calls, emails, meetings, or hard drives to store the data.
As an expert witness, we only work with one party in the litigation, because of conflict of interest rules. However, if both sides agree, we can work as a Neutral Third-Party Expert. We help the parties establish a protocol, and then we collect the evidence for both sides, cull out any attorney-client privileged communications, and exchange the data between the parties. The parties negotiate who pays our fees, and is often 50/50.
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We can analyze multiple phones, computers and other data for class action cases. We are licensed and experienced trial attorneys, and have a deep technical background (authored books on computer programming and database), so we can help you find the evidence you need. This allows us to be a valuable asset in your class action case, as well as ensuring that you get the results you need. We can even search through hidden data and deleted files. Please contact us today for more information.