vTestify Virtual Deposition Technology Helps Move Litigation Forward Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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Court reporting firm Goucher Parker Spivey LLC deploys vTestify for remote depositions in multijurisdictional asbestos lawsuits


vTestify, the “one-stop shop” for remote testimony capture and review technology, is providing its purpose-built platform to legal services and court reporting firm Goucher Parker Spivey LLC (GPS) as the firm continues deposition work on time-sensitive asbestos litigation during the COVID-19 pandemic. GPS brands its remote deposition service using the vTestify platform GPSVirtual.

While some courts have delayed hearings, appearances and depositions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many courts are mandating business as usual, and litigators are scrambling to find viable alternatives. In lawsuits where plaintiffs may be sick and widely dispersed geographically, timely depositions are essential, and the need for a practical and secure remote solution is especially urgent.

Even as pandemic-related restrictions make in-person proceedings impossible, vTestify is helping Texas-based GPS move multi-jurisdictional asbestos litigation forward and on schedule with pre-trial depositions, trial depositions and cross-examinations. The partnership between vTestify and GPS establishes a template for connecting physically dispersed litigants and conducting complex, coast-to-coast litigation in a more efficient and cost-effective manner. Just like onsite depositions, proceedings using vTestify’s remote platform can accommodate up to 30 participants, including plaintiff attorneys, defense attorneys, a witness, exhibit moderator, and a court reporter to authenticate testimony.

“At GPS, it’s clear to us that GPSVirtual powered by vTestify represents the future of deposition capture,” said Reesa Parker, co-Founder and president of GPS. “Even during these challenging times where in-person proceedings are impossible, we have proven that work can go on as usual in a virtual environment while reducing costs, maintaining revenue streams, restoring lost opportunities and producing deliverables rapidly.”

vTestify is a scalable, web-based platform that helps litigators save time and limit travel costs while making the deposition process more efficient. It is a proven solution for litigators who must provide high-quality legal services to their clients while working remotely. vTestify combines a cloud repository, AI-generated rough drafts, reporter attendance and certification of final transcripts, exhibit management tools, and synced video in a single platform with a user-friendly interface. The technology offers attorneys a faster path to settlement, automated scheduling and significant savings on costs associated with gathering testimony.

Built specifically for the legal industry, vTestify features include:

  • ScriptSync enables syncing of rough text to high quality HD video as well as authentication of the transcript and exhibits by a court reporter attending remotely. ScriptSync provides both a written record and a video record that conveys the inflection of the witnesses and enables easy searching of the deposition video for testimony playback.
  • Exhibit management enables fast uploading and controlled sharing of exhibits, industry-standard timestamping, and archiving in a secure cloud repository. Users can preview exhibits privately and compare private and public exhibits in real time.
  • Advanced layered security leverages Amazon Web Services (AWS), S3 security protocols, regular security audits, cloud-native video security and redundant audio. Transcripts are produced in a secure, audit-traceable locked environment, and all files are stored in AWS as encrypted files.
  • Video sidebar rooms give attorneys and their clients the ability to communicate privately during the deposition process without being recorded.

Most recently, vTestify formed a partnership with LexisNexis, which integrates vTestify DepoSync—the industry’s premier solution for capturing, syncing and storing video testimony—with LexisNexis Sanction. vTestify sync files work seamlessly with Sanction (*.mdb) and TextMap (*. xmef) files, with no need for a transcript. vTestify integrates with other systems including LegalPro, Thomson Reuters, and LiveNote.

“We’re excited to have GPSVirtual join a growing list of leading providers—including Resolute Systems, one of the nation’s largest ADR services companies—standardizing on vTestify for their remote testimony capture solution,” said Mike Hewitt, CEO of vTestify. “We’re committed to ensuring that court reporters, law firms, paralegals and access to Justice initiatives can continue working during the COVID-19 outbreak.”

About vTestify
Founded in 2015, vTestify is a remote testimony and review platform that allows attorneys to conduct depositions, client intake sessions, arbitrations and similar proceedings remotely. Litigators use the cloud-based platform to reduce costs, increase speed to settlement, simplify scheduling, and reduce the time between testimony collection and delivery of a certified transcript. vTestify features HD video recording, real-time speech-to-text transcription, flexible recording modes and full document exhibit management—all in a secure, easy-to use web-based interface. vTestify was a member of the inaugural class of the Duke Law Tech Lab and was also selected to participate in the LexisNexis Legal Tech Accelerator program. For more information about vTestify, visit http://www.vtestify.com.

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