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MERRILL BUYS SPECIALIST OF LITIGATION SUPPORT Merrill Corp. has agreed to acquire privately held litigation support specialist WordWave Inc., in a bid to bulk up its legal support group. For Merrill, the deal will help it broaden the legal support services offered by its Document Management Services group and cover a greater geographic area. The acquisition is Merrill’s single largest strategic business transaction in terms of the financial agreement, according to the company. WordWave division LegaLink provides court reporting, legal videography and trial services. The company touts its “one-stop convenience” for clients involved with complex litigation and its ability to offer the latest technologies. LegaLink has offices in 30 U.S. locations and more than 400 affiliates worldwide and supports law firms and corporations. In addition to its domestic offices, WordWave has offices in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia. “The WordWave acquisition is not only in the U.S. but also is international and adds to our suite of services worldwide,” said Rod Johnson, vice president of corporate development at Merrill. Merrill’s Document Management Services group features both document services and litigation support. On the document side, the company provides facilities management in firms or corporate legal departments and provides a range of document services. The litigation support side offers electronic discovery services, scanning and coding of documents, and has its own software product, Merrill Discovery Navigator, used by litigators for organizing and indexing. WordWave has roughly 650 employees and uses more than 1,000 contractors worldwide for its legal support services. Merrill’s Document Management Services group has a work force of more than 1,200 people. “This deal broadens our offering to the law firm and the corporate law department,” Johnson said. WordWave is jointly owned by Massachusetts-based Berkshire Partners and Highland Capital Partners, both private equity firms. The transaction is expected to close by Dec. 31, pending regulatory clearance. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. � Law.com FIRM TARGETS ANGST CAUSED BY E-DISCOVERY Four far-flung e-discovery experts have launched a “virtual” law firm, hoping to capitalize on the growing anxiety about e-discovery at legal departments and boardrooms across the country. Redgrave Daley Ragan & Wagner’s partners will pool their expertise in electronic information litigation and management services and target both in-house departments and litigation firms. Charles Ragan, who left Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman to join the venture, said it’s a response to “acute interest” in problems associated with electronic information in business organizations. “We know that businesses will be interested because we’ve heard from several of them,” Ragan said. In-house lawyers are struggling with both the policy issues and expense associated with retaining, and producing, untold terabytes of e-mail and other electronic records sought in discovery. Ragan will continue to work out of San Francisco. His three other partners are across the country, with Jonathan Redgrave in Washington, D.C., James Daley in Kansas City and Lori Wagner in Minneapolis. “Partners will team up on projects, so clients get the benefit of our combined expertise,” he said. “We’ll use technology to bring us together.” The four attorneys met as members of the Sedona Conference, an influential group of lawyers, judges, experts and consultants that met in 2003 to devise guidelines for courts deciding disputes over electronic data. The four were all part of a working group focused on electronic document retention and production. Ragan said the new firm, announced in October, will offer strategic advice to businesses on improving the management of their digital information and records, how best to respond to electronic discovery requests and the risks involved in the integration of different information systems in the aftermath of a merger or acquisition. The firm also will offer information management seminars to law firms, government organizations and corporations as well as special master and expert witness services. Electronic discovery has been receiving a lot of attention. A recent corporate legal counsel survey released by Fulbright & Jaworski pointed to e-discovery as the No. 1 new litigation-related burden for general counsel at companies with annual revenues exceeding $100 million. Redgrave, the e-discovery working group’s chair, is a former partner at Jones Day. Daley, co-chair of the Sedona working group, previously was a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon, where he chaired the firm’s technology law and e-discovery group. Minneapolis-based Wagner was a partner at Faegre & Benson. � The Recorder

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