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Court Grants Motion for Terminating Sanctions Against Defendants for Intentional Spoliation: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Omnigen Research et. al. v. Wang et. al., No. 16-00268 (D. Oregon, May 23, 2017), Oregon District Judge Michael J. McShane granted the plaintiffs’ Motion for Terminating Spoliation Sanctions and agreed to issue an Order of...more

Court Grants Summary Judgment After Plaintiff’s Spoliation Motion Denied: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Taylor v. Thrifty Payless, Inc., d/b/a Rite-Aid, No. 16-00474 (D. Oregon, May 12, 2017), Oregon District Judge Marco A. Hernandez granted the defendant’s motion for summary judgment after denying the plaintiff’s request...more

First Department Finds Work-Product Protection Not Waived by Storage of Documents on Company Laptop

On June 6, 2017, the First Department had an opportunity to apply—and reaffirm—last month’s decision in Peerenboom v. Marvel Entm’t, LLC, where the Court held that use of a company email system for personal purposes “does...more

Supreme Court Says Attorney Fees Must Be Causally Linked to Misconduct

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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger, No. 15-1406 (U.S. Apr. 18, 2017). The Supreme Court recently issued a unanimous opinion resolving a split in the circuit courts about what attorney fees courts can award for misconduct...more

Despite Parties’ “Significant Animosity”, Court Orders Them to Meet and Confer: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Elhannon LLC v. F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Co., No. 2:14-cv-262 (D. Vermont, Apr. 18, 2017), Vermont District Judge William K. Sessions, III granted in part and denied in part the plaintiff’s renewed motion to compel,...more

Court Orders Specific Discovery After Complete ‘Breakdown’ Between Parties

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In Bird v. Wells Fargo, the Court Orders Specific Discovery After Process Breaks Down - Bird v. Wells Fargo Bank, No. 16-1130 (E.D. Cal. Mar. 31, 2017). In this case, the discovery process broke down so completely...more

California Ordered to Immediately Pay Attorneys’ Fees in ‘Targate’ Case

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United States v. HVI Cat Canyon, Inc., No. 2:11-cv-05097-FMO (PLAx) (C.D. Cal. Apr. 20, 2017). In this case, a plaintiff’s failure to properly issue and confirm legal holds led to the spoliation of evidence and...more

Invincea and Lead Counsel Pay for Late Discovery Despite Case Settlement

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Vir2us, Inc. v. Invincea, Inc., No. 2:15cv162 (E.D. Va. Jan. 27, 2017). This case, Vir2us, Inc. v. Invincea, Inc., underscores the risks of failing to meet clear and timely e-discovery requirements set by the court....more

Court Says Rule 37(e) Doesn’t Apply When Recording Was Intentionally Deleted: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Hsueh v. N.Y. State Dep’t of Fin. Services, No. 15 Civ. 3401 (PAC) (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2017), New York District Judge Paul A. Crotty relied upon inherent authority to impose sanctions and determined “that an adverse...more

Court Determines TAR Without Keyword Search Culling First is Preferable: eDiscovery Case Law

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In FCA US, LLC v. Cummins, Inc., No. 16-12883 (E.D. Mich., Mar. 28, 2017), Michigan District Judge Avern Cohn “rather reluctantly” decided a dispute between the plaintiff and defendant on whether the universe of electronic...more

Court Approves Defendant’s Proposed Random Sampling Production Plan: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Duffy v. Lawrence Memorial Hospital, No. 14-2256 (D. Kansas, Mar. 31, 2017), Kansas Magistrate Judge Teresa J. James granted the Motion to Modify Discovery Order from the defendant (and counterclaimant), where it asked the...more

Sanctions Granted against Defendant for Loss of ESI on Laptop and Hard Drive, Denied for iPhone: eDiscovery Case Law

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In TLS Management and Marketing Services, LLC v. Rodriguez-Toledo, et. al., No. 15-2121 (D. P.R., Mar. 27, 2017), Puerto Rico Magistrate Judge Bruce J. McGiverin partially granted and partially denied the plaintiff’s motion...more

Brunswick Rail Wins Emergency Evidence Protection in Trade Secret Case Against Former Employees

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OOO Brunswick Rail Mgmt. v. Sultanov, No. 5:17-cv-00017-EJD, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2343 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 6, 2017). The court partially granted the plaintiff, OOO Brunswick Rail Mgmt., a motion for emergency evidence...more

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger Reignites Discussions of Federal Courts’ Inherent Authority

In recent years, discussions regarding the contours of a federal court’s inherent authority to sanction litigants for bad-faith behavior have been heating up faster than a defective tire at highway speeds. In the 2015...more

Plaintiff’s Erasure of iPhone Before Forensic Examination Leads to Recommended Dismissal of Case: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Coyne v. Los Alamos National Security, LLC et. al., No. 15-0054 (D. N.M., Mar. 21, 2017), New Mexico Magistrate Judge Karen B. Molzen recommended that the court grant the defendants’ motion to dismiss after the plaintiff’s...more

Court Tells Litigants “NO MORE WARNINGS” When It Comes to Boilerplate Discovery Objections: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Liguria Foods, Inc. v. Griffith Laboratories, Inc., C 14-3041-MWB (N.D. Iowa Mar. 13, 2017), Iowa District Judge Mark W. Bennett declined to sanction the parties for issuing boilerplate objections, but strongly warned them...more

After Metadata Shows Agreement Documents to Be Unreliable, Defendant’s “Hans” are Tied: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Ensing v. Ensing, et. al., No. 12591 (Del. Court of Chancery, Mar. 6, 2017), Vice Chancellor Slights ruled for the plaintiff in the case and concluding that the defendant “has engaged in blatant violations of court orders...more

UPS avoids undue burden in Solo v. UPS e-discovery case

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Solo v. United Parcel Serv (UPS). Co., No. 14-12719, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3275 (E.D. Mich. Jan. 10, 2017). The court denied the full extent of the data that the plaintiff, Joe Solo, requested in its motion to compel,...more

Should Failing to Issue a Litigation Hold Be Considered Intent to Deprive?: eDiscovery Best Practices

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A lot has been discussed about the most recent changes to the Federal Rules, especially with regard to Rule 37(e) and the requirement of the intent to deprive standard to apply more serious sanctions. But, what activities...more

Putting Information on File Share Site without Protection Waives Privilege, Court Rules: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Harleysville Insurance Co. v. Holding Funeral Home, Inc., No. 1:15cv00057 (W.D. Va. Feb. 9, 2017), Virginia Magistrate Judge Pamela Meade Sargent ruled that the plaintiff’s placement of privileged information on a file...more

White House Allegedly Purges Electronic Devices after Order to Preserve Data: An E-Discovery Teachable Moment

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According to an article published in the Independent, allegations have arisen surrounding “White House officials and members of Donald Trump’s transition team…reportedly ‘purging’ their electronic devices to avoid being...more

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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