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Are you Certifiable?

It is not unusual for opposing counsel to demand that you “certify” that your client’s document production is complete and correct. What does this mean? Are you required to do it? The issue often arises in...more

Noteworthy Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Regarding E-Discovery

The proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (“Rules”) we have all been waiting for have finally been approved by the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (“Standing Committee”). Before these...more

ESI Discovery Best Practices, Part 3: You’ve identified ESI, now how do you go about collecting it?

My last blog generally addressed the rules applicable to best practices as to identification of Electronically Stored Information (ESI). Once the data identification process is complete, the next step is to determine...more

ESI Discovery Best Practices, Part 4 – Collection of ESI – Who should be doing it?

There is an ongoing debate about who should conduct ESI collection. This is critical, primarily because if collection is done improperly, it could lead to inadmissibility at trial, sanctions or both....more

Lessons From A Cautionary Tale of Electronic Discovery Pitfalls in Health Care Litigation

E-discovery is especially challenging in healthcare related litigation due to the healthcare industry’s reliance on electronically stored information (ESI), the volume of medical records often at issue in health care...more

Highlights of the UARG v. EPA Decision

On Monday, the Supreme Court’s decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v EPA, No. 12–1146 (June 23, 2013) limited EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases (“GHGs”) under the Clean Air Act, reversing in part and affirming...more

Play Nice: Recent eDiscovery Decision Emphasizes Consistent Cooperation

In the weeks since Magistrate Judge Leen denied a late request to use predictive coding in a case before her, the e-discovery world is still abuzz over certain language included in her ruling. In the case in question,...more

Oil and Gas Companies Ask Colorado Supreme Court to Approve Trial Court Order Requiring Plaintiffs to Present Preliminary Evidence...

On June 18th, Antero Resources Corp., Antero Resources Piceance Corp, Calfrac Well Services Corp, and Frontier Drilling LLC filed their Opening Brief before the Colorado Supreme Court in a “toxic tort” case concerning...more

Standing Committee Approves Proposed Revised Rule 37(e)

The Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (Standing Committee) recently approved a revised Rule 37(e), which is intended to establish greater uniformity in the ways federal courts respond to the loss of electronically...more

Expedited Procedures in New York Courts Guarantee Trial in Just Nine Months

Earlier this month, New York's Commercial Division, a department within the New York State court system designed to handle complex commercial disputes, established new procedures that provide a voluntary, alternative track to...more

Non-Parties And Electronic Discovery: Limiting The Scope And Cost Of Responding To Invasive Rule 45 Subpoenas

“[D]iscovery is by definition invasive [and] parties to a law suit must accept its travails as a natural concomitant of modern civil litigation.” But “[n]on parties have a different set of expectations” and discovery aimed at...more

Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Clear Another Hurdle

Earlier this year, we provided an update on the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Subsequently, the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules submitted a slate of modified proposed amendments to the...more

How Not to Thwart the Progress of Technology-Assisted Review

Recent case law has shown strong support for the use of technology-assisted review (TAR): its accuracy and efficiency have been praised by judges and parties alike. However, despite her approval of the process as a “far more...more

Cloud Computing Is a Hot Topic… in Business and the Courtroom

Cloud computing sales are poised to triple by 2017, according to IHS Technology. With growth comes competition and the potential for disputes, both intellectual property-related and otherwise. This article surveys some of the...more

You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide From Sanctions in Discovery

In an October 2013 order in Digital Vending Services International, Inc. v. University of Phoenix, the judge refused to grant the defendants’ request for spoliation sanctions but punished the plaintiff for its disclosure of...more

Latest Trends in E-Discovery: The Focus on Proportionality and Cooperation

When asked what has been the most significant development in federal litigation during his time on the bench, United States Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola of the D.C. District responded, simply: “the impact upon the...more

Focus on Tax Controversy and Litigation - May 2014

In this issue: - Tax Court Rejects Partnerships’ Claim of Attorney-Client Privilege and Orders Release of Opinion Letters - Litigation Heats Up in Section 1603 Cash Grant Program for Renewable Energy Projects...more

Employer Sanctioned for Failing to Issue a Litigation Hold After Notice of EEOC Charge

In a case from the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, an employer and its attorneys were sanctioned for spoliation of evidence caused by the employer’s failure to issue a litigation hold and...more

Thorny Issues to Consider Before Buying Into BYOD

A salesperson and her boss are attending a conference at a hotel. Their goals are twofold: learning the latest industry trends and mingling with clients to generate business. After the sessions end, they invite two potential...more

Without Fear of Sanctions – GM Might Have Acted Differently

How the proposed revisions to the federal rules might impact corporate conduct? We are hearing unpleasant news about the way in which General Motors handled the issue of defective ignition switches, defects in gas...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update

Environmental and Policy Focus: Expanding the definition of "waters of the United States" – EPA's proposed new rule -- Allen Matkins - Apr 23: On April 21, 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...more

Are You Committing E-Discovery Malpractice?

Although this protection is helpful, it is limited by the court’s ability to determine whether a party’s actions were reasonable. Parties therefore should take the matter out of the court’s hands by leveraging other...more

Are You Facing the Prospect of a Merger Investigation?

If your organization is facing the prospect of a merger investigation and your lawyers haven’t raised the prospect of technology-assisted document review (“TAR”), then maybe you should be talking with someone...more

Advice and Content: New York State Bar Association Social Media Ethics Guidelines

The ethos of legal practice—steeped in history, procedure and rules—is, in many respects, fundamentally at odds with the “act-now-ask-forgiveness-later” model of social media. But while it can be tempting to avoid potential...more

Court Instructs Adverse Inference for Lawyer’s Failure to Advise Preservation of Social Media (Nevada)

Painter v. Atwood, 2014 WL 1089694 (D. Nev. March 18, 2014). In this sexual harassment case, the defendants claimed that the plaintiff and her two main witnesses intentionally destroyed text messages and Facebook posts...more

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