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‘Ancient’ Data (and Documents): Prepare for Federal Changes to a Long-standing Hearsay Exception

Unbeknownst to many, changes to the Federal Rules of Evidence governing the hearsay exception for ancient documents (FRE 803(16)), and additional rules governing self-authentication of evidence generated by electronic...more

The Bottom Line is the Bottom Line: Three Ways for Cutting Costs Across the Stages of E-Discovery

E-Discovery is often viewed as being a niche in the larger legal world. It’s often an ancillary topic in law schools, and according to one respondent in a recent Exterro survey, “Most lawyers view e-discovery as akin to...more

Reasonable Steps to Preserve Evidence Yield More Than Selective Preservation

Sec. Alarm Fin. Enters., L.P. v. Alarm Protection Tech., LLC, No. 3:13-cv-00102-SLG, 2016 WL 7115911 (D. Alaska Dec. 6, 2016). Limited sanctions were appropriate under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e)(1) where a...more

2016 eDiscovery Case Law Year in Review, Part 4

As we noted yesterday, Tuesday and Monday, eDiscovery Daily published 74 posts related to eDiscovery case decisions and activities over the past year, covering 62 unique cases! Yesterday, we looked back at cases related to...more

‘Cause You’ve Got Proportionality: Overview of The Sedona Conference Commentary on Proportionality in Electronic Discovery

Recently, The Sedona Conference, a research and educational institute, published its 2016 Public Comment Version of The Sedona Conference Commentary on Proportionality in Electronic Discovery. This is the third version of...more

2016 eDiscovery Case Law Year in Review, Part 3

As we noted yesterday and Monday, eDiscovery Daily published 74 posts related to eDiscovery case decisions and activities over the past year, covering 62 unique cases! Yesterday, we looked back at cases related to...more

2016 eDiscovery Case Law Year in Review, Part 2

As we noted yesterday, eDiscovery Daily published 74 posts related to eDiscovery case decisions and activities over the past year, covering 62 unique cases! Yesterday, we looked back at cases related to admissibility and...more

2016 eDiscovery Case Law Year in Review, Part 1

It’s that time again! Time for our annual review of eDiscovery case law! Once again, we had plenty of sanctions granted and denied, as well as disputes over admissibility of electronically stored information (ESI) and even...more

For Your Project to Succeed, You May Need To Be a “Debbie Downer”: eDiscovery Best Practices

Everybody knows somebody like this.  In eDiscovery terms, it might sound like this: “The zip file will probably be corrupt and we’ll probably have to spend a lot of time trying to repair it.”  WOMP WOMP! Or...more

BYOD – Another reasonable basis for discovery about discovery

I still remember typewriters. Heck, I still remember carbon paper, mimeographs and bag phones. Would a company, “back in the day”, have ever asked an employee, “hey, we need you to bring your own typewriter, desk,...more

Is This the Age of Technical Competence for Attorneys?: eDiscovery Trends

Last year, I led off the year with a post declaring that the age of eDiscovery automation is upon us (even with an exclamation point for emphasis!). Was that the case?...more

Exterro's Legal Matter Closing Checklist

You’re excited that a legal matter is finally over and done with, but what’s often forgotten is that there are a number steps legal teams must take before a matter is officially closed....more

E-Discovery Update: To TAR or Not to TAR, That Is the Question

Several years ago, we were told that technology-assisted review (TAR) was the wave of the future and, by now, manual attorney review would likely be a thing of the past. Although TAR has gained some traction, it is not yet...more

Plaintiff’s Intentional Deletion of Emails to Competitors Leads to Order to Produce Gmail Account: eDiscovery Case Law

In Cohn et. al. v. Guaranteed Rate, Inc., No. 14-9369 (N.D. Ill., Dec. 8, 2016), Illinois District Judge John Robert Blakey granted in part and denied in part the defendant’s motion to compel discovery, for spoliation...more

What is De-Duplication and How Do I Do It?

When collecting electronically stored information (“ESI”) from multiple custodians (i.e., various individuals/ different sources), there will necessarily be duplicative documents collected in the process. In company-wide...more

[Event] PREX17 — The Premier Conference for Corporate E-Discovery Professionals - September 12-14th, Portland, OR

Now in it’s sixth year, PREX has emerged as the premier conference specifically designed to meet the needs of in-house e-discovery professionals. After attending PREX17, you will return to your desk the following Monday with...more

Client’s Bad Behavior Imputed to Counsel – Both Get Sanctioned

In Arrowhead Capital Fin. Ltd. v. Seven Arts Entertainment, Inc. 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126545 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 16, 2016), District Judge Katherine Polk Failla imposed significant sanctions upon both the Chief Executive Officer...more

Minimal Sanctions for a Minimal Showing of Prejudice

First Am. Title Ins. Co. v. Northwest Title Ins. Agency, No. 2:15-cv-00229 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 118377 (D. Utah Aug. 31, 2016). The court denied the majority of sanctions a party sought for spoliation of evidence where...more

Missed the eDiscovery Business Confidence Webinar? Here is Where You Can Still Check it Out: eDiscovery Trends

On Wednesday, ACEDS hosted a webinar (sponsored by CloudNine) where we discussed results from the Fall 2016 eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey, which was conducted last month with the results published on Rob Robinson’s...more

Was Spoliation Intentional? Court Will Let Jury Decide: eDiscovery Case Law

In Cahill v. Dart, No. 13-cv-361 (N.D. Ill. Dec. 2, 2016), Illinois District Judge John Z. Lee adopted, with modifications, the Report and Recommendation of Magistrate Judge Cox regarding the plaintiff’s motion to sanction...more

2016 E-Discovery Case Law Top Ten List (#2 May Shock You!)

It’s been a year since the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were amended. Each rule to be changed was examined by panels of discovery experts, who focused on what was working and what was not. That’s why taking a look back on...more

A Framework for Applying Proportionality in E-Discovery: The Sedona Conference Principles

The principles provide a useful framework for the application of proportionality to preservation, as well as practical guidance for negotiating the scope of discovery. The Sedona Conference — a research and educational...more

Costs not to be considered when assessing whether Part 36 offer has been beaten

Transocean Drilling UK Ltd v Providence Resources Plc [2016] EWHC 2611 (Comm), 20 October 2016 - An assessment of whether a Part 36 offer has been beaten at trial does not involve any consideration of the extent of the...more

Defendant Sanctioned for Spoliation of Physical Evidence, But Not ESI: eDiscovery Case Law

In Reed v. Kindercare Learning Centers et. al., No. 15-5634 (W.D. Wash., Nov. 17, 2016), Washington District Judge Benjamin H. Settle (yes, that’s his real name!) granted the plaintiff’s motion for discovery sanctions with...more

Discovery Misconduct “As Deep As It Is Wide” Merits Harsh Sanctions

Arrowhead Capital Fin., Ltd. v. Seven Arts Entertainment, Inc., No. 14 Civ. 6512 (KPF), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126545 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 16, 2016). The court imposed substantial sanctions on the defendants and their...more

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