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WARNING: Follow Rules Governing Objections to Discovery Requests or Waive Them

On February 28, 2017, Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck issued a warning shot, styled as a “wake-up call,” to the SDNY Bar: comply with the now 15-month-old amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil...more

Requesting 72 Spelling Variations on Five Search Terms Spells Trouble for Plaintiffs: eDiscovery Case Law

In Diesel Power Source et. al. v. Crazy Carl’s Turbos et. al., No. 14-826 (D. Utah, Feb. 23, 2017), Utah Magistrate Judge Brooke C. Wells denied the plaintiff’s Motion for Sanctions for the failure of the defendant to produce...more

Judge Peck Provides a Rule 34 'Wake-Up Call' — Objections that Are Not Specific Are Waived

Fischer v. Forrest, No. 14 Civ. 1304, 1307 (PAE) (AJP), 2017 WL 773694 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 28, 2017). “It is time, once again, to issue a discovery wake-up call to the [b]ar in this District,” begins Magistrate Judge Andrew...more

Advocacy in E-Discovery More Important Than Ever

In this day and age, advocacy starts with competence in ESI issues. An effective advocate must be able to assess e-discovery needs and issues, implement appropriate preservation procedures, advise clients on options for...more

Why Legal Directors are Bringing E-Discovery In-House: 6 Tips for Successfully Adopting E-Discovery Technology

The responsibilities of any corporate law department leader tasked with overseeing e-discovery, whether he or she carries the title of legal director or something similar, revolve around two core business objectives:...more

6,905 Billable Hours for Attorney Review May Not Be Billable if the Reviewer Isn’t Actually an Attorney: eDiscovery News

A contract lawyer for a Pennsylvania plaintiffs’ firm clocked 6,905 hours of work on a shareholder lawsuit against former executives and directors of Sprint Corp. related to its 2005 merger with Nextel.  One problem, however:...more

Defendant Ordered to Reproduce ESI in Native Format, As Originally Requested by Plaintiffs: eDiscovery Case Law

In Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Assoc. v. California Dept. of Education, No. 2:11-cv-3471 KJM AC (E.D. Cal. Feb. 2, 2017), California Magistrate Judge Allison Claire granted the plaintiffs’ motion to compel the defendant to...more

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The Sedona Conference Issues Helpful and Important Commentary on the Proportionality Concept Applicable to Electronic Discovery

Action Item: The following set of six principles proposed by the Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production should serve as practical guidance for litigants adhering to the proportionality...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Discovery Objections

For some time now, the Court of Chancery has told litigants that objections to documents requests should be specific, not generic and boilerplate. This decision thoroughly addresses the case law on this issue, with numerous...more

File Sharing Sites and Inadvertent Waiver

In connection with a declaratory judgment lawsuit wherein the Harleysville Insurance Company sought a ruling that it did not have to pay a loss claim for an October 2014 fire at a funeral home, United States Magistrate Judge...more

California Court Compels Defendant to Re-Produce Electronically Stored Information in Format Requested by Plaintiffs

A California federal trial court has granted the plaintiffs’ motion to compel re-production of electronically stored information (“ESI”) in native format with all associated metadata, while also granting plaintiffs their...more

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms $7 Million Sanction for Discovery Misconduct: eDiscovery Case Law

In Shawe v. Elting, Case No. 487, 2016 (Supreme Court of Delaware, Feb. 13, 2017), the Delaware Supreme Court found that the Court of Chancery followed the correct legal standards and made no errors of law in its sanctions...more

Case Law: You Can’t Spoliate Evidence That You Don’t Possess

HCC Ins. Holdings, Inc. v. Flowers, No. 1:15-cv-3262-WSD, 2017 WL 393732 (N.D. Ga. Jan. 30, 2017). In this case, the court denied a motion for sanctions because the plaintiff failed to prove that the defendant ever...more

New Amendments to Federal Rule of Evidence 902 Implicate Electronic Data Collection and Authentication

Two proposed amendments to Federal Rule of Evidence 902 could have a significant impact on the collection of electronically stored information (ESI) and its admission at trial. While these amendments were aimed at reducing...more

S.D.N.Y. Litigators Hit Snooze Button, Magistrate Judge Peck Issues Second “Wake-Up Call” for “Every Litigator”

Renowned (e)discovery guru (and I use that term advisedly) Andrew Peck, a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York, recently issued what he termed a “wake-up call” to the Bar in his District. It was...more

‘Very Poor Practice’ in Preservation Offset by the Defendant’s Choice Not to Review

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Cuker Interactive, LLC, No. 5.14-CV-5262 (W.D. Ark. Jan 19, 2017). In this long-running contract case, the defendant, Cuker Interactive, requested sanctions against the plaintiff, Wal-Mart Stores...more

Early Bird Gets the Worm - Early Case Assessment Gets the Facts

Getting to the facts of the case as quickly as possible: this has always been the primary goal for any legal team when faced with litigation. But in the digital age, where electronic data pervades and is growing each year...more

Don’t Risk Waiving All Objections to Discovery Responses

Just over a year ago, I authored a Product Liability Advocate blog entry and a Law360 article explaining appropriate methods for asserting objections under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 34, as amended on December 1, 2015....more

Judge Peck Objects to Defendant’s Form of Objections: eDiscovery Case Law

In Fischer v. Forrest, Nos. 14 Civ. 1304 (PAE) (AJP), 14 Civ. 1307 (PAE) (AJP) (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 28, 2017), New York Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck ordered the defendants “to revise their Responses to comply with the Rules”,...more

Court Rejects Overly Broad Request For Forensic Imaging Of Plaintiff’s Personal Computers

An Illinois appellate court has vacated a trial court’s order compelling the forensic imaging of several personal computers used by plaintiff, applying a balancing test that takes into account both the proportionality rule...more

New Survey Says 75 Percent of Respondents Unfamiliar with China’s New Cybersecurity Law: eDiscovery Trends

Are you familiar with it? According to a survey conducted by Consilio and released earlier this week, 75 percent of legal technology professionals responding to the survey indicated that they are not familiar with...more

Craig Ball of Craig D. Ball, P.C., Part 2: eDiscovery Trends

This is the sixth (and final) of the 2017 Legaltech New York (LTNY) Thought Leader Interview series. eDiscovery Daily interviewed several thought leaders at LTNY (aka Legalweek) this year to get their observations regarding...more

Judge Finds Defense Counsel’s Reliance upon Pre-Amendment Rule 26 in a Motion to Compel the Equivalent of Bad Faith – Resulting in...

In Fulton v. Livingston Financial LLC, 2016 WL 3976558 (W.D. Wash. July 25, 2016), U.S. District Judge James L. Robart sanctioned a defense lawyer who “inexcusabl[y]” relied on outdated case law and pre-2015 amendments to...more

Social Media eDiscovery: Filter Needed

A ski trip with your fiancé results in a great photo of the two of you on a ski covered mountain; obviously, the picture is destined for your Facebook page. This picture may be used for more than to show off your good time...more

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