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Plaintiff Sanctioned for Spoliation of Evidence in His Case Against Taylor Swift: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Mueller v. Swift, No. 15-cv-1974-WJM-KLM (D. Colo. July 19, 2017), Colorado District Judge William J. Martinez ruled that “Plaintiff’s loss or destruction of the complete recording of the June 3, 2013 conversation [between...more

Court Sanctions Counsel for Not Disclosing Deleted Client Emails

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People v. Miller, No. 16PDJ067, 2017 BL 208514 (Colo. June 1, 2017). In a brief order, the Colorado Supreme Court fined and publicly censured attorney Randall Miller for failing to promptly disclose false evidence. During...more

Blatant Bad Faith in Discovery May Ultimately Warrant Terminating Sanctions

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CrossFit case wins sanctions for defendant's blatant bad faith - CrossFit, Inc. v. Nat’l Strength & Conditioning Ass’n, No. 14cv1191 JLS (KSC) (S.D. Cal. May 26, 2017). In this unfair competition suit filed by CrossFit,...more

Court Shifts Costs of Forensic Computer Exam to Plaintiff for Not Preserving Emails

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Estate of Shaw v. Marcus, Nos. 14 Civ. 3849 (NSR) (JCM), 14 Civ. 5653 (NSR) (JCM), 2017 WL 825317 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 1, 2017). In this complex dispute over a family business, the court redressed the plaintiff’s former...more

Cloud Data is Within Defendant’s Possession, Custody and Control, Court Rules: eDiscovery Case Law

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This case is a few months old, but is one of the cases we will cover in next week’s webcast Key eDiscovery Case Law Review for First Half of 2017. In Williams v. Angie’s List, No. 1:16-00878-WTL-MJD (S.D. Ind. April 10,...more

Magistrate Advises Serious Sanctions Against Trading School Owner Greg Gramalegui for Bad Faith Discovery Violations

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Magistrate Advises Sanctions Against Gramalegui for Discovery Violations - U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Comm’n v. Gramalegui, No. 15-cv-02313-REB-GPG (D. Colo. June 14, 2017). For over two years, the defendant,...more

Court Declines to Impose Sanctions for Failure to Preserve Web History: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Eshelman v. Puma Biotechnology, Inc., No. 7:16-CV-18-D (E.D.N.C. June 7, 2017), North Carolina Magistrate Judge Robert B. Jones, Jr., among other rulings, denied the plaintiff’s motion for an order permitting a jury...more

With Ample Evidence of Bad Faith, Court Sanctions Defendant for Failure to Produce Documents: eDiscovery Case Law

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In CrossFit, Inc. v. Nat’l Strength and Conditioning Assn., No. 14cv1191 JLS (KSC) (S.D. Cal. May 26, 2017), California District Judge Janis L. Sammartino granted the plaintiff’s motion for several issue, evidentiary, and...more

The E-Discovery Digest - June 2017

The seventh edition of The E-Discovery Digest focuses on recent decisions addressing the scope and application of the attorney-client privilege and work-product doctrine, spoliation, and discovery responses....more

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

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