I-DEP Press Release
April 11, 2002
I-DEP and Notice.com Partner to Reduce Costs
Associated With Litigating Class-Action, Multiparty Cases
CHICAGO, IL and HINGHAM, MA (April 11, 2002) -- I-DEP, LLC and Notice.com today announced an alliance that provides valuable services to attorneys involved in class action, consumer complaints, and product recall cases.
Through this alliance, Notice.com will market I-DEP's services in all discovery phases of litigation, including early stage trial preparation, discovery on class certification issues, damage and expert-witness testimony, and confirmatory or settlement-related discovery. There are numerous opportunities for attorneys and others to benefit from the ability to participate remotely during depositions.
I-DEP is the only totally integrated streaming media Internet deposition service combining full video, two-way audio, real-time transcript, and a built-in chat feature for discreet communication with off-site and on-site participants. The service allows attorneys to take, participate in, or monitor a deposition from any online computer live, as it happens, without any special software or hardware to buy, install, or learn.
I-DEP can support as many as 50 remote participants at any single deposition. In addition, the service's competitive pricing ensures that per-attendee costs actually decrease with each additional participant.
The Notice Company, which operates Notice.com, provides settlement and claims administration services in class-action cases, including print and Internet-based dissemination of class notices. Consumers can freely access the Notice.com Web-based, searchable database containing information on class-action and product-recall cases. Visitors to the site can retrieve data on many class actions by searching for case name and description, court location, jurisdiction, filing date, law firm, or defendant name. The site's product-recall section searches data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Food and Drug Administration. Notice.com also provides an opportunity for visitors to submit consumer complaints.
"This alliance with Notice.com is ideal for I-DEP and increases our visibility into a primary market," said Jay Jackson, I-DEP's President and CEO. "Class-action, multiparty and product-liability lawsuits often involve a large number of deponents in far-flung locations. With I-DEP, parties to the deposition can attend and even participate without having to leave their homes or offices."
Notice.com President Joseph Fisher agrees the alliance is a good fit. "When attorneys visit Notice.com, they generally are looking to assemble resources for what often become complex cases," Mr. Fisher said. "Notice.com works with its clients during both the litigation and the settlement phases of cases, when notice and discovery issues are of paramount concern. I-DEP is a logical partner to Notice.com in helping attorneys meet their litigation goals."
According to Mr. Jackson, I-DEP recently strengthened its already state-of-the-art security to utilize up to 448-bit encryption for both transcript and chat communications, ensuring that unauthorized persons cannot intercept any part of the deposition. "Chat rooms for plaintiff and defense have separate encryption/decryption keys, and, as always, it is impossible for a member of one room to decipher messages from another room," he explained.
In fact, the 448-bit encryption that protects I-DEP Live Internet Depositions significantly surpasses the 128-bit encryption that is considered standard for secure retail and financial transactions accomplished through most current Internet browsers, Mr. Jackson said.
After the deposition, attorneys can store, share, mark up the transcript and collaborate with colleagues, clients, expert witnesses and staff using I-DEP's Depositions on Demand® service, which synchronizes the transcript with video and audio at no additional charge and makes it accessible to authorized participants 24 hours a day over a secure network.
As with all I-DEP services, Depositions on Demand is shielded behind multiple layers of password-protected authentication.
Chicago-based I-DEP developed the first fully integrated, live, streaming media Web-based deposition service that allows lawyers to participate from any Internet-enabled computer. I-DEP and the I-DEP logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of I-DEP, LLC. All rights reserved. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective holders.
The Notice Company offers Notice.com as the premier Web site for posting important legal, financial, and consumer notices. The company's mailing lists allow it to alert thousands of subscribers to new information. The Hingham, MA-based company has served as Claims Administrator in numerous class action cases. The Notice Company also provides Internet consulting, Web design, and hosting services, working extensively with lawyers, accountants, and other businesses and organizations.
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