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Federal District Court Decision in Microsoft Case re Warrants for Content Stored Outside US

On July 31, the district court judge issued a ruling in the case involving the US Government’s warrant issued to Microsoft to compel production of data stored on the servers of its wholly owned Irish subsidiary located in...more

Wearable Technology: A Perfect Fit For Litigation

It should come as no surprise that wearable technology and fitness trackers, such as Google Glass, the Jawbone UP, and the Narrative Clip are saturating the consumer market, and as a result, consumers are increasingly...more

Foreign Data Center Subject to Reach of U.S. Government

Following the July 31, 2014 decision of a New York federal judge in In re Warrant to Search a Certain E-mail Account Controlled and Maintained by Microsoft Corp., 1:13-mj-02814 (SDNY), U.S. companies should be aware that data...more

How Far Does the In-House Zone of Silence Extend?

In a recent case, a Massachusetts appellate court raised important questions about the scope of the work product doctrine for in-house lawyers. In Cahaly v. Benistar Property Exchange Trust Co., the plaintiffs sought...more

Predictive coding after keyword screening!? Don’t miss the point of Bridgestone Americas

Magistrate Judge Joe B. Brown’s recent order permitting predictive coding in Bridgestone Americas v. International Business Machines Corporation has received a lot of attention because it allowed the use of predictive coding...more

Ninth Circuit Shifts “Significant Expense” of Compliance with Third Party Subpoenas to Party Seeking Discovery

The escalating cost of discovery compliance is especially frustrating for non-parties who are subpoenaed for evidence allegedly relevant to litigation in which they have no stake. Responding to a broad subpoena may require...more

Delaware Supreme Court Permits Stockholders to Overcome Corporation’s Attorney-Client Privilege for “Good Cause”

On July 23, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Indiana Elec. Workers Pension Trust Fund IBEW held that plaintiff stockholders, who make a showing of good cause, can inspect documents concerning a...more

Judge Forrest orders meet and confer to narrow discovery dispute

Saying, “[t]here is no way the court would ever order 5000+ custodians to be searched (on this record),” Judge Forrest ordered the parties to meet and confer to attempt to narrow a list of custodians whose documents must be...more

You Can Take It With You: Bringing An E-Discovery Case To Your New Firm

Congratulations: you have a new job with a new firm and your client with the “e-Discovery case” wants to come with you, the only “e-Discovery” expert lawyer that it trusts to represent it. But it may not be as simple as...more

E-Discovery Matters: “A Guide to ESI Preservation Responsibilities”

I am pleased to announce the availability of our firm’s updated publication, A Guide to ESI Preservation Responsibilities. I believe this white paper serves as a useful resource to anyone dealing with the complicated issue of...more

Discovery of Communications between Insurers and Reinsurers

In today's complex work of insurance, many insurance risks are "reinsured" by a separate insurance carrier. In those instances, it is not unusual for insurers and reinsurers to have regular communications concerning the...more

A More Progressive Case for the Use of Technology-Assisted Review

As we mentioned in a recent blog post, a federal magistrate judge in the District of Nevada recently refused to allow a party to use technology-assisted review (TAR) on top of its use of search terms to screen documents...more

Insurers Be Warned, Your Communications Are Discoverable

Insurers and reinsurers regularly communicate regarding matters they view as confidential. These communications often relate to claims, both routine and litigated, by the underlying insureds. Insureds, in turn, seek discovery...more

The 21st Century Water Cooler: Discovery and Text Messages

Text messages, once the exclusive domain of teenagers and college students, are increasingly used in business communications. These communications are, unsurprisingly, also discoverable in a wide variety of litigation...more

Microsoft Loses Round in Fight Over Email Held in Irish Data Center

Rarely do Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon, Apple, Cisco and the ACLU all agree on a particular subject; rarer still that such an unlikely coalition fails....more

Court Denies Monetary Sanctions Based on Overdesignation of Documents As Confidential-Outside Counsel Eyes Only But Orders...

In this patent infringement action brought by plaintiff Trustees of Boston University ("BU") , BU alleged that defendants infringed U.S. Patent No. 5,686,738 (the "'738 Patent"), which pertains to light emitting diodes...more

The State of the Law on Shifting the Costs of E-Discovery

Though there has been significant price compression in the market over the last several years, the ever increasing volumes of corporate data during that time have seen the costs of e-discovery continuing to rise, while many...more

Limits to the Duty to Preserve

Although a suit against a particular officer of a corporation for sexual harassment would clearly trigger a litigation hold, what must counsel do about less obvious players in a more abstract dispute? The recent case of AMC...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds Claim Of Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege

A recent blog post addressed a noteworthy decision in United States ex rel. Barko v. Halliburton Co., No. 1:05-CV-1276, 2014 WL 1016784 (D.D.C. Mar. 6, 2014), which held that materials relating to an internal investigation...more

SDNY Judge Orders Microsoft to Produce Emails Stored Abroad

Chief Judge Loretta A. Preska of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York affirmed Magistrate Judge James C. Francis IV’s opinion and ordered that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) could compel...more

Texas Supreme Court Issues New Framework for Spoliation Sanctions

On July 3, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court issued an opinion intended to clarify the circumstances in which a trial court may impose sanctions for spoliation, including specifically the submission of a spoliation instruction to...more

Electronic Discovery: Glossary of 123 Commonly Used Terms

The following is a glossary of 123 commonly used terms to help you navigate the world of Electronic Discovery. Active Data: This term is often used to describe information currently displayed on a computer screen. The...more

Audit Trails: Pitfalls of Electronic Medical Records, Part III

I do not profess to be an expert in the complexities of metadata in an electronic medical record (EMR). In simple terms, it is analogous to leaving footprints in the sand; although these do not wash away with high tide. In...more

Second Circuit Finds Fourth Amendment Violation in Law Enforcement Retention of Computer Files Not Within Scope of Search Warrant

On June 17, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a significant Fourth Amendment decision in United States v. Ganias. The decision is premised on the well-established notion that, because of...more

What’s in Your Wallet? Who Cares—What’s in Your Cell Phone Is More Important!

The United States Supreme Court has tackled the issue of cell phone privacy and ruled that data is different from other forms of technology. In late June, the Supreme Court issued an opinion: those of David Riley, a...more

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