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Supreme Court Gives Samsung an Early Christmas Present – For Now: eDiscovery Case Law

We almost made it the entire year without an update on the ubiquitous Apple v. Samsung case. Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court, this long lasting case isn’t done yet....more

Stop the Music: $25 Million Verdict Intact Despite Party’s Intentional Spoliation of Evidence

The court entered final judgment, upholding the jury’s findings and denying the defendant’s motion for a new trial, finding that harsher sanctions for the plaintiff’s intentional spoliation of material evidence were not...more

Defendant Ordered to Produce Source Code Responsive to Agreed Upon Search Protocol: eDiscovery Case Law

In ACI Worldwide Corp. v. MasterCard Technologies, LLC et. al., No. 14-31 (D. Nebraska, Oct. 27, 2016), Nebraska Magistrate Judge F.A. Gossett granted the plaintiff’s Motion to Compel Production of the defendant’s Full Source...more

With No Proof of Duty to Preserve or Bad Faith, Plaintiffs’ Request for Sanctions is Denied: eDiscovery Case Law

In Reyes et. al. v. Julia Place Condominiums Homeowners Association, Inc., et. al., No. 12-2043 (E.D.L.A., Oct. 7, 2016), Louisiana District Judge Carl J. Barbier, in denying the plaintiffs’ request for sanctions, stated that...more

Defendant Sanctioned for Failing to Preserve Text Messages and Failing to Produce Native Format Data: eDiscovery Case Law

In First Financial Security, Inc. v. Freedom Equity Group, LLC, No. 15-1893 (N.D. Cal., Oct. 7, 2016), California Magistrate Judge Howard R. Lloyd issued permissive adverse inference instruction sanctions against the...more

Court Orders Forensic Examination of Key Custodian Computers: eDiscovery Case Law

In Davis v. Crescent Electric Company et. al., No. 12-5008 (D. S.D., Oct. 12, 2016), South Dakota District Judge Lawrence L. Piersol ruled that a non-disclosure agreement would sufficiently protect any and all confidential...more

Defendant Not Required to Use Predictive Coding by Court: eDiscovery Case Law

Regardless how the election turned out last night, eDiscovery case law marches on… In the case In re Viagra Products Liability Litigation, 16-02691 (N.D. Cali., Oct. 14, 2016), California Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim,...more

Another Modest Proposal (This Time, About Discovery)

Bexis recently attended the “Emerging Issues in Mass-Tort MDLs Conference” sponsored by Duke Law School (those of us from Philly remember Duke as part of “Black Saturday” back in 1979). Several panels discussed various...more

Total Lack of Oversight in Discovery Searches Leads to Hefty Sanctions

Rodman v. Safeway Inc., No. 11-cv-03003-JST (N.D. Cal. Oct. 6, 2016). The court saddled a party with nearly $700,000 in attorneys’ fees after its counsel allowed the client’s director of marketing to search for evidence...more

Searching Only File Names is Not the "Safe Way" to Avoid Sanctions: eDiscovery Case Law

See what I did there?… :o) In Rodman v. Safeway, No. 11-cv-03003-JST (N.D. Cal., Oct. 6, 2016), California District Judge Jon S. Tigar ordered the defendant to pay plaintiff’s Class Counsel $688,646 as a discovery...more

Before Asking for Sanctions, Check the Recycle Bin

Erhart v. BofI Holding, Inc., No. 15-cv-02287-BAS (NLS), 2016 WL 5110453 (S.D. Cal. Sept. 21, 2016). The court denied sanctions against a party where the huge majority of the files he deleted were not actually destroyed,...more

Slip and Fall Case Leads to Sanctions Faceplant

Atiles v. Golub Corp., No. 521828 (N.Y. App. July 28, 2016). The appellate court affirmed the lower court’s denial of an adverse inference instruction where the plaintiff did not establish that the additional video...more

“Can I Throw Out Those Dust Covered Files?” Defensibility, Efficiency, and the Comprehensive Guide to E-Discovery Preservation

When I was in high school, I worked for a family-owned office supply store, one of the last of the local businesses left on main street in the small Midwestern town where I lived. It was a frustrating job most of the time...more

"The E-Discovery Digest - October 2016"

The fifth 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. Please see...more

Dropped Cell Phone Does Not Lead to Spoliation Sanctions Under Amended Rule 37(e): eDiscovery Case Law

In Shaffer v. Gaither, No. 14-00106 (W.D. N.C., Sept. 1, 2016), North Carolina District Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. ruled that the sanction of dismissal requested by the defendant for the plaintiff’s lost text messages was...more

Appeals Court Upholds Default Judgment for Discovery Violations, Including Wiping Files from Laptop: eDiscovery Case Law

In Trude et. al. v. Glenwood State Bank, et. al., Nos. A15-0378, A15-1863, A15-1864 (Minn. App., Aug. 15, 2016), a Minnesota Appeals Court affirmed the trial court’s entry of default judgment for repeated discovery...more

“Rather Broad” Discovery Request Is Nonetheless Proportional to Case

First Niagara Risk Mgmt., Inc. v. Folino, No. 16-1779 (E.D. Pa. Aug. 11, 2016). The court concluded that the plaintiff’s requested scope of discovery from the defendant’s electronic devices, while “rather broad,” was...more

Federal Court Provides a $3 Million Reason to Comply with Duty to Preserve ESI

After years of decisions, the issues surrounding the preservation of electronically stored information (ESI) seem almost old hat. It is well known that, upon notice of a claim or commencement of litigation, a party needs to...more

$3 Million Spoliation Sanction Despite Company’s Litigation Hold

Manufacturers involved in litigation must properly preserve electronically-stored information (“ESI”) or potentially face daunting sanctions. A recent antitrust case, however, demonstrates that lessons—multi-million dollar...more

Court Awards $3M Sanction and Adverse Inference for Spoliation in Antitrust Case

On July 6, 2016, Judge Leonard P. Stark, of the federal district court in Delaware, ordered a $3 million punitive monetary sanction, and an adverse inference jury instruction, against antitrust defendant Plantronics after...more

"The E-Discovery Digest - June 2016"

The fourth 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, cost shifting and other e-discovery...more

I’ve Made a Huge Mistake: Intentional Destruction of ESI is No Illusion

In season three of the series Arrested Development, episode 11 finds George Bluth, Sr. unsurprisingly using a giant electromagnet in an attempt to delete electronic computer files, which could potentially indict him for...more

E-Discovery Update: Changes to Rule 37’s Failure-to-Preserve-ESI Sanctions Impact Recent Rulings

For years, companies have battled different sanction standards for the failure to preserve documents. This led to over-preservation, where, to avoid accusations of “negligent” failure, companies preserved every shred of...more

Steps Companies May Take to Comply with Revised Document Retention Requirements

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) sets forth the requirements for the retention of electronically stored information ("ESI") and the corresponding sanctions available to remedy the loss of ESI. New amendments to Rule...more

The E-Discovery Digest - February 2016

This is the third edition of The E-Discovery Digest, a periodic publication on notable decisions relating to key discovery topics. It is designed to keep clients up to date on the evolving state of the law regarding discovery...more

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