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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

Attorney Sanctioned for Failing to Address Proportionality in Brief (Washington)

Fulton v. Livingston Fin. LLC, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 96825 (W.D. Wash. July 25, 2016) - In a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act case, sanctions were brought against the defendant’s attorney for “his bad faith in briefing...more

Court Grants $3,000,000 in Punitive Damages for ESI Spoliation (Delaware)

GN Netcom, Inc. v. Plantronics, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 93299 (D. Del. July 12, 2016) - In this antitrust case, the plaintiff motioned the court to grant sanctions for ESI spoliation. In 2012 upon notice of a...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

Sanctions Implemented After Party Fails to Preserve Emails (California)

Mathew Enter. v. Chrysler Grp. LLC, No. 13-cv-04236-BLF, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 67561 (N.D. Cal. May 23, 2016) - In this price discrimination case, the plaintiff’s internal and external emails concerning its dealership...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

You Can’t Delete and You Can’t “Hide” (New York)

Thurmond v. Bowman, 2016 WL 1295957 (W.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2016) - In this Fair Housing Act case, the defendants motioned for sanctions against the plaintiff for deleting Facebook posts. The plaintiff argued that the posts...more

Court Holds High Bar for Imposing Sanctions under Rule 37(e) (Texas)

Orchestratehr, Inc. v. Trombetta, 2016 WL 1555784 (N.D. Tex. Apr. 18, 2016) - In this case regarding a non-compete agreement, plaintiffs motioned for sanctions against one of the defendants for deleting emails which they...more

Litigants Need to Prove Existence of Missing Data for FRCP 37(e) Sanctions California

FiTeq Inc. v. Venture Corp., 2016 WL 1701794 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 28, 2016) - In this contract law case, the plaintiff moved for sanctions against the defendant for failing to produce emails related to the litigation. Namely,...more

Failure to Stop Automatic Deletion of Text Messages Does Not Merit Sanctions (Florida)

Living Color Enters., Inc. v. New Era Aquaculture, Ltd., 2016 WL 1105297 (S.D. Fla. Mar. 22, 2016) - In this case, the plaintiff motioned for sanctions against the defendant for the deletion of text messages. The...more

Court Compels Production of Database for Forensic Metadata Analysis (Utah)

Thorne Research v. Atlantic Pro-Nutrients, 2016 WL 1122863 (D. Utah Mar. 22, 2016) - In this patent infringement suit, the defendant filed a motion to compel, seeking a copy of a database that the plaintiffs’ inventor...more

Case and Sanctions Dismissed in Light of New Evidence (New York)

CAT3, LLC v. Black Lineage, Inc., No. 14 Civ. 5511 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 4, 2016) - In this trademark infringement case, the parties stipulated to dismissal, with prejudice, of all remaining claims in the case. Previously, the...more

Claims of Lightning Strike and Power Surge Fail to Protect Against Sanctions (California)

InternMatch v. Nxtbigthing, 2016 WL 491483 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 8, 2016) - In this trademark infringement case, the plaintiff brought terminating sanctions against the defendants, accusing the defendants of intentionally...more

Court Denies Motion to Compel Additional Email Searches on Proportionality Grounds (Washington)

Moore v. Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC, 2016 WL 687111 (W.D. Wash. Feb. 19, 2016) - In this discrimination case, the plaintiff filed a motion to compel email searches, arguing that the defendant’s initial searches were...more

Adverse Inference Instruction Issued in Light of Newly Amended Rule 37(e) (Florida)

Brown Jordan Int’l v. Carmicle, 2016 WL 815827 (S.D. Fla. Mar. 2, 2016) - In this wrongful termination case, the defendant employee sought the return of his personal laptop from the company plaintiffs, who refused to...more

Court Vacates Prior Adverse Inference Order in Light of Amended Rule 37(e) (California)

Nuvasive v. Madsen Med., 2016 WL 305096 (S.D. Cal. Jan. 26, 2016) - In this case, the court granted the plaintiff’s motion to vacate a prior order that imposed an adverse inference for the plaintiff’s failure to preserve...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

Court States that Plaintiffs’ Overly Broad Requests Do Not Justify Defendants’ Failure to Issue Litigation Hold (New York)

Stinson v. City of New York, 2016 WL 54684 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 5, 2016) - In this civil rights lawsuit, the court found the city-defendants to be grossly negligent in issuing and executing its litigation hold for the...more

Court Emphasizes the Importance of Proportionality and The Addition of New Proportionality Factors in Rule 26(b)(1) (Georgia)

Herrera v. Plantation Sweets, 2016 WL 183058 (S.D. Ga. Jan. 14, 2016) - In this case, the court held that the defendants had failed to comply with discovery requests and granted the plaintiffs’ motions to compel an...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

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

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