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When Personal Email Is Serious Business

Hillary Clinton is currently under fire for the use of a personal email account while United States Secretary of State. Mrs. Clinton apparently exclusively (or nearly exclusively) used her personal email account while...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #48

We are pleased to present the 48th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent cases that address the common interest doctrine, the statute of limitations for...more

Annual Report On EEOC Developments: Fiscal Year 2014

In This Issue: - INTRODUCTION ..I. LOOKING BACK AT FY 2014: A REVIEW OF EEOC SUCCESSES AND FAILURES, AND SIGNIFICANT CASES AND DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH FOR IN FY 2015 ..A. Key Statistics ...more

Lost in the Cloud: Dropbox, Data “Insecurity,” and Employee Shenanigans

For the uninitiated, Dropbox and other similar tools—such as SkyDrive, Google Drive, or Cubby—allow a user to log in to an account, upload documents or files to the cloud, and then access or download them from any device,...more

Court Denies the Use of a Software Agreement as a Shield from Discovery (Tennessee)

Pero v. Norfolk S. Ry., Co., 2014 WL 6772619 (E.D. Tenn. Dec. 1, 2014). In this employment law case, the plaintiff filed a motion to compel the production of a video that the plaintiff claimed demonstrated the setting...more

Court Affirms Costs against Plaintiffs Following Contentious Discovery (Pennsylvania)

Kuznyetsov v. West Penn Allegheny Health Sys., 2014 WL 5393182 (W.D. Penn. Oct. 23, 2014). In this Fair Labor Standards Act case, “[d]iscovery was contentious and the motions practice was excessive. As a result, a...more

California Employment Law Notes

Google Required To Produce Emails In Response To Former Employer's Subpoena - Negro v. Superior Court, 2014 WL 5341926 (Cal. Ct. App. 2014) - Navalimpianti USA, Inc. subpoenaed Google, Inc. to produce copies of...more

Defendants’ Failure to Impose Litigation Hold Leads to Sanctions (Arizona)

Vicente v. City of Prescott, 2014 WL 3894131 (D. Ariz. Aug. 8, 2014. In this employment dispute case, the plaintiffs sought a summary judgment motion and motion for sanctions due to the defendants’ “failure to preserve...more

E-Discovery - Nevada U.S. District Court's Special Master's Report and Recommendations: Failure to Preserve ESI, Litigation Holds

Small v. University Medical Center of Southern Nevada arises out of an employment law dispute. The court appointed a special master who found that the defendant medical center failed to preserve a considerable body of...more

Shoddy Mobile Device Use Policy and Failure to Institute Litigation Hold Leads to Default Judgment and Hefty Sanctions (Nevada)

Small v. Univ. Med. Ctr. of S. Nev., No. 2:13-cv-00298-APG-PAL, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114406 (D. Nev. Aug. 18, 2014). In this employment law dispute, the court appointed a special master to resolve discovery issues....more

Effective Discovery Requires Effective Communication

As the Southern District of Ohio recently noted in Brown v. Tellermate Holdings Ltd., “[t]here may have been a time in the courts of this country when building stone walls in response to discovery requests, hiding both the...more

What Does Delaware’s Wal-Mart Decision Mean for Attorney-Client Privilege and Internal Investigations?

The Delaware Supreme Court recently came to a decision in Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Indiana Electrical Workers Pension Trust Fund IBEW to uphold the order given by the Delaware Court of Chancery to require Wal-Mart to give the...more

Brown v. Tellermate: Cloud-based Data and E-discovery

According to PC Magazine, “[i]n the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive.” Cloud-based computing has become a very popular tool...more

Though Destruction of Evidence was Egregious, Lesser Sanctions Ordered (New York)

Hawley v. Mphasis Corp., 2014 WL 3610946 (S.D.N.Y. July 22, 2014). In this employment discrimination case, the plaintiff moved for sanctions due to defendant’s alleged discovery violations. The plaintiff claimed that...more

Want to Arbitrate Employee Disputes? Keep Your Paperwork!

Arbitration agreements, and their use as a means to avoid class action disputes in particular, have been repeat news items in the last several years, and many companies continue to consider their use as a means to mitigate...more

Delaware Supreme Court Permits Stockholders to Overcome Corporation’s Attorney-Client Privilege for “Good Cause”

On July 23, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Indiana Elec. Workers Pension Trust Fund IBEW held that plaintiff stockholders, who make a showing of good cause, can inspect documents concerning a...more

The 21st Century Water Cooler: Discovery and Text Messages

Text messages, once the exclusive domain of teenagers and college students, are increasingly used in business communications. These communications are, unsurprisingly, also discoverable in a wide variety of litigation...more

Second Circuit Finds Auditors Exempt and Endorses Limits on Class Discovery

While the number of class or collective action lawsuits has exploded, decisions from Circuit Courts of Appeal, particularly on procedural issues, are still infrequent enough to warrant comment. In Pippins v. KPMG, Case No....more

S.D.N.Y. Issues Spoliation Sanctions Against Foot Locker

The sanctions recently levied against Foot Locker serve as a potent reminder that understanding data and document preservation requirements is imperative. A New York federal judge issued sanctions against Foot Locker last...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

Privilege Does Not Cover Communications With Outside Counsel Relating To Business-Related Advice, E.D.N.Y. Holds

Koumoulis v. Independent Financial Marketing Group, Inc., No. 10-CV-0887 (E.D.N.Y Jan. 21, 2014): A federal district court judge narrowly applied the attorney-client privilege and work-product doctrine by granting the...more

Court of Appeals Dismisses Plaintiffs for Failure to Preserve and Increases Defendant’s Taxable Costs (5th Circuit)

Moore v. Citgo Co., LP, 735 F.3d 309 (5th Cir. 2013). In this appellate Fair Labor Standards Act litigation, the class of plaintiffs sought overtime pay for work hours that had been misclassified by the defendant...more

Facebook Fables in Employment Litigation

In recent years, employers have become familiar with navigating social media from a human resources perspective. These same issues are now making their way through the courts, and the rulings issued can serve as guideposts...more

Top 5 Ediscovery Case Summaries – September 2013: Michigan - Data Deletion May Be Sanctioned – but Only When Litigation Is...

Barrette Outdoor Living, Inc. v. Michigan Resin Representatives, 2013 WL 3983230 (E.D. Mich., Aug 1, 2013) In this employment law case, the defendants were sanctioned $35,000 for the spoliation of over 270,000 files. The...more

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