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Court Rejects Plaintiff’s Requested Production Format in Favor of Format Containing Metadata (New York)

Feist v. Paxfire, Inc., 2015 WL 6456710 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 26, 2015) - In this discovery dispute, the plaintiff claimed that the defendant ignored the plaintiff’s production requests, resulting in duplicative and burdensome...more

Appellate Court Affirms Sanctions in Light of “Delay Tactics” and Spoliation (Massachusetts)

Long Bay Management Co. v. Haese, 2015 WL 7213811 (Mass. App. Ct. Nov. 17, 2015) - In this overbilling dispute, the defendants appealed a judgment pursuant to an order of default sanctions and an order assessing damages,...more

Court Finds Sanctions Inappropriate Following Plaintiff’s Failure to Establish Prejudice (Georgia)

West v. Talton, 2015 WL 6675565 (M.D. Ga. Nov. 2, 2015) - In this case, the court granted the defendants’ motion to exclude plaintiff’s use of any argument or evidence of alleged spoliation. The plaintiff discovered that...more

Court Excludes Expert Testimony Weakened by Plaintiff’s Own Spoliation (Pennsylvania)

Bruno v. Bozzuto’s, 2015 WL 7294464 (M.D. Pa. Nov. 19, 2015) - In this breach of contract case, the plaintiffs sued the defendant for allegedly breaching their supply agreement. In response to the defendant’s production...more

2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: What You Need to Know

The 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure have been years in the making and will finally take effect on December 1. The amendments include changes that redefine the scope of relevant discovery and provide...more

Looking Back on 2014: The 7 Most Important eDiscovery Cases in Delaware - Part 6

This is the sixth in a series of posts summarizing the 7 most important eDiscovery cases in Delaware in 2014. Gloria James v. National Financial LLC, and Loan Till Payday LLC, C.A. No. 8931–VCL, December 5, 2014....more

2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure now in effect

Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect December 1. The rules committee’s objectives behind the amendments were to (1) reduce delay, (2) encourage judges to get more involved, (3) clarify the scope...more

Gavel to Gavel: Federal rules amended

Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect Dec. 1. These amendments are designed to save litigants time and money by reducing delay, encouraging courts to limit discovery, sharpening the scope of...more

The 2015 FRCP Amendments: ‘Tis the Season

Hoping to find the perfect gift for the ediscovery professional in your life? Look no further than the 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP)....more

Court Instructs “More Thorough Search” in Face of Irretrievable ESI (Kansas)

Neonatal Product Group, Inc. v. Shields, 2015 WL 6158810 (D. Kan, Oct. 20, 2015) - In this patent infringement case, the defendants filed a motion to compel against the third party counterclaim defendants. The...more

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms Appointment of Special Master for Discovery Matters (3rd Circuit)

Glover v. Wells Fargo Home Mortg., 2015 WL 5947812 (3d Cir. Oct. 14, 2015) - In this appellate case, the court affirmed the district court’s appointment of a special master to supervise discovery, as well as the...more

CLIENT ALERT: Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Amendments to Take Effect December 1, 2015

On December 1, 2015, amendments to Rules 1, 4, 16, 26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 37, 55 and 84 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure will become effective. These amendments were originally approved by the Judicial Conference in...more

The E-Discovery Digest - October 2015

In This Issue: - Attorney-Client Privilege/Work Product Decisions: ..Decisions Protecting Against Disclosure ..Decisions Ordering Disclosure Other - Spoliation Decisions: ..Spoliation Sanctions...more

Failure to Comply with Court Proceedings Results in Default Order (Illinois)

United States v. Alacran Contracting, LLC, 2015 WL 5829710 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 5, 2015) - In this breach of contract case, the defendant moved to set aside the court’s previous orders entering default against it based on the...more

Necessary Production of Documents Results in Award of Production Costs (Texas)

Mobile Telecomms. Techs., LLC, v. Samsung Telecomms. Am., LLC, 2015 WL 5719123, (E.D. Tex. Sept. 28, 2015) - In this patent infringement case, the plaintiff contested a prior ruling by the court that held that the...more

ESI Discovery Best Practices, Part 6 – Now comes the bad news … potential consequences for inadequate preservation of ESI.

Over the past year, I have blogged about ESI rules and best practices for identification, preservation and collection of ESI. In this blog I want to focus on the potential consequences for inadequate efforts in any of these...more

Proper Litigation Hold Results in Denial of Sanctions (Oregon)

Grove City Veterinary Serv., LLC v. Charter Prac. Int'l, LLC, 2015 WL 4937393 (D. Or. Aug. 18, 2015) - In this breach of contract case, the plaintiffs filed a motion for sanctions in which they alleged that the defendant...more

Failure to Engage in Basic Litigation Hold Results in Sanction (California)

HM Electronics, Inc. v. R.F. Technologies, Inc., 2015 WL 4714908 (S.D. Cal. Aug. 7, 2015) - In this trademark infringement case, the plaintiff claimed that the defendants interfered with the plaintiff’s prospective...more

Court Orders Inclusion of Technology Specialist Fees in Award Calculation (New Mexico)

Gen. Protecht Grp., Inc. v. Leviton Mfg. Co., 2015 WL 4988635 (D.N.M. Aug. 3, 2015) - In this patent infringement case, the defendant alleged that the plaintiffs had infringed upon the defendant’s specialized patents,...more

AAA Issues Revised Rules for Arbitration in Construction Industry Disputes

The American Arbitration Association recently updated its Construction Industry Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures, effective July 1, 2015. There are six new rules, some of which are borrowed from litigation...more

Failure to Prepare for Litigation Results in Adverse Inference Instructions (California)

NuVasive, Inc. v. Madsen Med., Inc., 2015 WL 4479147 (S.D. Cal. July 22, 2015). In this conspiracy theory case, the defendants filed a motion for sanctions against the plaintiff, alleging that the plaintiff engaged in...more

Court Grants Restraining Order in Light of Inadvertent Disclosure (California)

Newark Unified Sch. Dist. v. Superior Court , 2015 WL 4594095 (Cal. Ct. App. July 31, 2015). In this inadvertent document release case, the plaintiff sought injunctive relief against the defendant, requiring the return...more

Court Grants Sanctions In Light of Reckless Failure to Preserve (Delaware)

Kan-Di-Ki, LLC v. Suer, 2015 WL 4503210 (Del. Ch. July 22, 2015). In this breach of contract case, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant engaged in suppression and spoliation of evidence when the defendant deleted...more

Bad Faith Needed for Court to Rule in Favor of Spoliation Sanctions (Illinois)

Charvat v. Valente, 2015 WL 4037776 (N.D. Ill. July 1, 2015) - In this employment case, the plaintiffs alleged that the defendant corporation had engaged in spoliation when it deleted certain files from its employees’...more

Failure to Comply After Meet and Confer Results in Expensive Costs for Reproduction (California)

Themis Bar Review, LLC v. Kaplan, Inc., WL 3397877 (S.D. Cal. May 26, 2015). The defendant served the plaintiff a request for production, seeking documents related to the plaintiff’s pass rate advertising and data...more

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