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Crash, Bang, Smash! Tips for Successfully Navigating Evidentiary Roads In Motor Vehicle Collisions

So your client has been involved in motor vehicle collision. Now what? Whether representing a plaintiff or a defendant in a crash, preserving all potentially relevant evidence is an obvious first concern. What may not be so...more

Streaming At The Edge Of The Law

One of this year’s themes at the South by Southwest (SxSW) festival is “Surviving the Shift: Rethinking Music and Data.” The music industry is transforming itself as the trend in buying music shifts from digital download to...more

Judge Peck Again Endorses TAR and Predictive Coding Protocols (New York)

Rio Tinto PLC v. Vale S.A., 2015 WL 872294 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 2, 2015). In this fraud case, the parties stipulated that they would use predictive coding during the discovery process. Judge Peck issued this opinion due to...more

Ediscovery Costs Taxable Only as Copying Costs (Illinois)

Bagwe v. Sedgwick Claims Mgmt. Servs., Inc., 2015 WL 351244 (N.D. Ill. Jan. 27, 2015). In this employment discrimination case, the court granted the defendants’ motion for summary judgment. The defendants then filed...more

When Personal Email Is Serious Business

Hillary Clinton is currently under fire for the use of a personal email account while United States Secretary of State. Mrs. Clinton apparently exclusively (or nearly exclusively) used her personal email account while...more

Diligence and Defensible Deletion Prevent Sanctions (Virgin Islands)

United Corporation v. Tutu Park Ltd., Inc., 2015 WL 457853 (V.I. Super. Jan. 28, 2015). In this breach of contract case, the plaintiff asked the court to impose sanctions on Kmart, a non-party to the suit, and to hold...more

E-Discovery and Information Management: Electronic Data Breach Of Student Records—The University’s Obligation To Disclose (3/15)

Data security breaches have become unfortunately prevalent amongst higher education institutions. In fact, colleges and universities suffer data breaches at a rate of just over one per week.(1) The Privacy Rights...more

Do Witness Interview Memoranda Deserve Opinion or Merely Fact Work Product Protection?: Part I

Unlike the absolute attorney-client privilege, the work product doctrine offers two possible levels of protection. Lawyers' (and other client representatives') opinions deserve absolute or nearly absolute protection in most...more

ESI Recovery and Restoration Costs Recoverable Under Rule 54 (Colorado)

Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Ctr. v. Leslea, 2015 WL 638198 (D. Co. Feb. 13, 2015). In this private civil rights enforcement case, the court dismissed the case, ruling that the defendants had qualified immunity. The...more

Insurer Not Required To Produce Coverage Memoranda Or Reinsurance Information In Discovery

A federal district court in New York has held that the attorney-client and work-product privileges apply to coverage memoranda sought by an insured from AIG Specialty Insurance in an ongoing coverage and bad faith litigation...more

Deceptive and Evasive Plaintiffs Hit With Sanctions (DC Circuit)

Parsi v. Daioleslam, 2015 WL 525146 (D.C. Cir. Feb. 10, 2015). In this appeal from a defamation case, the plaintiff sought the reversal of sanctions imposed by the district court. At trial, the plaintiff sought damages...more

Protecting the Identity of Your LLC Members & LP Partners in Litigation, Part II: Strategies for Discovery

You want to protect the identity of your business’ owners, but your opponent issued discovery requesting a copy of your organizational chart and/or information on the identities of your LLC members or LP partners. You are...more

The Peck(ing) Order for Predictive Coding Stays the Same

In his March 2, 2015 order issued in Rio Tinto PLC v. Vale S.A., et al., No. 14-Civ-3042 (S.D.N.Y.), Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck brought the world of predictive coding back to the future. ...more

The Benefits of Teaming Up With eDiscovery Co-Counsel

Litigation, particularly complex litigation, can be just that, complex. The complexity of litigation necessarily requires the ability to manage multiple moving parts in all phases of a case in the most efficient and...more

From ‘Akzo’ to ‘Loi Macron’: There is still no Legal Privilege for In-House Lawyers in France

A significant difference between the French and U.S. and UK legal systems is in the understanding of legal privilege: it does not exist for in-house counsel in France....more

SDNY Recognizes Party Using TAR Not Required to Disclose Control Sets to Opposing Party

Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck’s recent decision in Rio Tinto PLC v. Vale S.A., S.D.N.Y., No. 14 Civ. 3042 (RMB)(AJP) (March 2, 2015), recognizes disclosure of non-responsive documents is not a per se requirement in cases...more

Stop giving away the store! Cases decided prior to the 2000 Amendment of F. R. Civ. P 26(b) do not define scope of discovery

We observed previously that “reasonably calculated” does not define scope of discovery, and it never has. Rather, discovery is limited, by the plain terms of F. R. Civ. P. 26, to “nonprivileged matter that is relevant to any...more

Don’t TAR and Feather Technology in E-Discovery

In the three years since the watershed decision in Da Silva Moore v. Publicis Groupe, technology-assisted review (TAR) has transformed from being a merely “acceptable way to search for relevant” ESI into “black letter law...more

Finding the Needle When You Can’t Locate the Haystack – How do you narrow down the scope of e-discovery?

Joffe v. Google, No. 3:10-md-02184, currently pending in the Northern District of California, is predicted to be the biggest corporate wiretap case in history – assuming the plaintiffs have standing. ...more

Technology-Assisted Review: Please Show Me Your Seed Set

It has been three years since Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck issued his February 2012 decision in Da Silva Moore v. Publicis Groupe & MSL Group, 287 F.R.D. 182 (S.D.N.Y. 2012), judicially accepting for the first time the use of...more

No Captain at the Helm: Information Governance’s Leadership Problem

Effective information governance is about taking information — your most important business asset — and looking at ways to better leverage it in a manner that streamlines the business processes, and reduces costs and risk....more

Judge Peck’s Latest Decision on Technology Assisted Review (TAR): Our Past Blog Posts Revisited

Many who consider Magistrate Judge Peck’s recent opinion and order in Rio Tinto PLC v. Vale S.A., which he titled “Predictive Coding a.k.a. Computer Assisted Review a.k.a. Technology Assisted Review (TAR) – Da Silva Moore...more

No Early Peek of Cross-Examination Documents - TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. v. Trading Techs. Int’l, Inc.

Addressing patent owner’s challenge to the accuracy of the translation of a foreign language reference that was relied upon in a petition for covered business method (CBM) review, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s...more

Trust But Verify — What E-discovery should be

If you ask an opposing party about the details of their document collection; the custodians interviewed; the keywords searched; or the culling approaches used; you are likely to get one response, a quickly erected brick wall....more

Electronic Discovery: Beware of Employees Using Personal Email Accounts for Company Business

On March 3, 2015, the front page of the New York Times detailed allegations about an employee who failed to ever obtain a work-issued email account, instead utilizing a personal account solely to conduct all business...more

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