The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review highlights the growth of bit-x-bit, a company that opened in 2007 to find and analyze information that's pertinent to lawsuits.
In another case last year, bit-x-bit helped a client in a marriage settlement case unearth assets hidden by her former husband. Bit-x-bit's computer forensics found that the man had secretly sold oil and gas rights on 162 acres for more than $300,000, which he did not disclose as part of marriage settlement talks. Result: the man had to disgorge his former wife's share of the bounty.
"Five years ago, only some large (law) firms had this kind of capability," said David Blaner, executive director of the Allegheny County Bar Association. The bar, in fact, formally began referring firms to bit-x-bit four years ago, he said, because of its expertise and efficiency.
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