CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For an expert witness to go through 400,000 plaintiff's documents and 6 million defendant's documents in a financial software lawsuit, it would have taken thousands of hours.
Bunseki Software Authority's newest technology took just three weeks -- not operating the entire time -- to review the millions of documents, according to the company's leader.
"How does an expert credibly go through 6 million documents and compare and have any real knowledge of what's going on? He can't," said Martin Greenman, president and chief executive officer of Bunseki. "We are able to attack this mountain of information all through our software proprietary tools and boil out the information that is meaningful and relevant."
The Fairmont-based company provides expert witness services and software analysis tools for the legal and software engineering professions. Bunseki is the only company in West Virginia to offer this kind of software, Greenman said.
Unlike an expert witness -- who provides a subjective analysis -- Bunseki's software offers an objective analysis, he said.
Expert witnesses -- law professors and people with much experience in particular fields -- make opinions of whether or not they think the software in question has been copied, Greenman said. They give interpretations.
They typically do not have time to go through each document and read every computer code line by line.
The lawyer or client also directs the expert witness to look at certain materials within the documents, Greenman said.
Documents include source code, emails, Microsoft Word documents, chat sessions, revision history comments, configuration files, test results, engineering documents and any kind of digital media.
But Bunseki's software gives absolute proof if someone is copying another company's software, Greenman said.
Expert witnesses are still involved in helping solve cases but they now come in after the software tools go through the codes, he said. They are more credible now too.
"So now the expert is not only writing his summary from factual accounts, it makes the expert much more effective in how he ends up testifying. It gives the lawyers a lot of information that would not have been identified for them by a manual human," Greenman said. "It's not that we don't have experts, we do, but we actually use our tools to uncover more things in the documents that humans wouldn't normally know about or see."
The idea for the new software grew out of a need by one of the company's first clients nearly one year ago, Greenman said.