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California Updates Privacy Rights with the Electronic Communications Privacy Act

Starting on New Years Day 2016, a new law will prohibit California law enforcement agencies from compelling California residents and businesses to turn over metadata or electronic communications (e.g., texts, emails,...more

Court Denies Spoliation Motion, Stating that Sanctions would not Alter Case Outcome (New York)

Deanda v. Hicks, 2015 WL 5730345 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2015)- In this constitutional rights violation case, the plaintiff claimed that the defendant intentionally engaged in the spoliation of audio and video tapes...more

A Border Search Doctrine Without Borders? A Court Pushes Back Against Searches of Laptops and Cellphones

Last year, the Supreme Court in Riley v. California (134 S. Ct. 2473 (2014)) recognized the unique characteristics of laptops and cellphones and held that police generally may not search the cellphone of an individual who has...more

E-Discovery Update: When Personal and Work Data Collide

In the modern world, employees routinely receive work-related data on personal mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, and access personal data on work-owned devices. ...more

Penalty! The California Court of Appeal Calls Foul on the NCAA’s Attempt to Seal Records of the USC/Reggie Bush Investigation

In a significant victory for open court filings, the California Court of Appeal rejected an effort by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) to seal 400 pages of documents in a dispute between the NCAA and a...more

Good News for Companies: Pennsylvania District Court Rules That Plaintiffs Lack Standing without Actual or Imminent Misuse of Data

“There are only two types of companies left in the United States … those that have been hacked and those that don’t know they’ve been hacked.” That is how U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III of the Middle District of...more

Finding the Needle When You Can’t Locate the Haystack – How do you narrow down the scope of e-discovery?

Joffe v. Google, No. 3:10-md-02184, currently pending in the Northern District of California, is predicted to be the biggest corporate wiretap case in history – assuming the plaintiffs have standing. ...more

Facebook Post Lands Teacher in Hot Water

On January 18, 2015, two South Hills High School teachers were arrested for allegedly having sexual relations with students at the beach. According to the Orange County Sherriff’s Department, one of the teachers, Melody...more

Florida Appellate Court Holds There is No Right to Privacy For Information Posted On Social Media Websites Even When Privacy...

On January 7, 2015, in Nucci v. Target Corp, et al, the District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida, Fourth District upheld a lower court’s order compelling Plaintiff Maria Nucci to produce photographs originally posted...more

California Low Carbon Fuel Standard Overhaul Continues

I. LCFS Readoption - The California Air Resources Board (“ARB”) is on the cusp of readopting the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (“LCFS”) regulation to remedy legal defects in the initial adoption process found by the...more

Unmasking the anonymous online critic – first, there is the matter of jurisdiction

On Friday, the Supreme Court of Texas issued a 5-4 decision holding a plaintiff needs to establish jurisdiction over an anonymous blogger before a court will allow pre-suit discovery that would likely unmask the blogger’s...more

Second Circuit Finds Fourth Amendment Violation in Law Enforcement Retention of Computer Files Not Within Scope of Search Warrant

On June 17, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a significant Fourth Amendment decision in United States v. Ganias. The decision is premised on the well-established notion that, because of...more

Massachusetts High Court Permits Compelled Decryption of Seized Digital Evidence

Today, in Commonwealth v. Gelfgatt, No. SJC-11358 (Mass. June 25, 2014), a divided Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that under certain circumstances, a court may compel a criminal defendant to provide the password to...more

Access to Cellular Phone Records by Defense Counsel

In many criminal cases, cellular telephone records are an invaluable resource. These records may shed light on whether an alleged victim or witness communicated with someone of importance in a case, and when. There are...more

BB&K Police Bulletin: Warrant to Search Electronic Records - Court Upholds Search of Computer and Storage Devices for Child...

Overview: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently found that probable cause supported a warrant authorizing the electronic search of computer equipment and digital storage devices belonging to a suspected child...more

The Nuts And Bolts Of Social Media Discovery

I recently addressed the general implications of the Stored Communications Act on locating and retrieving electronic evidence in a Law360 article entitled “A Hurdle to Obtaining Electronic Evidence.” As explained by the Ninth...more

Third Circuit Invalidates President Obama’s Appointment Of Former NLRB Member Becker; Becomes Second Appellate Court To Rule NLRB...

In late January, the D.C. Circuit ruled in Noel Canning that President Barack Obama’s January 2012 recess appointments of Members Richard Griffin, Terrence Flynn (who has since resigned), and Sharon Block to the National...more

Can the Government Search Your iPad or iPhone at the Border?

Can the United States search your laptop, camera, iPhone/iPad, or other devices at the border? Read this article on the Fourth Amendment rights and exceptions....more

Vermont Issues Significant eDiscovery / Fourth Amendment Decision

In civil litigation, eDiscovery disputes hardly ever rise to the level of constitutional importance. But in the criminal arena, the rules are different....more

Acted With Substantial Justification

Just wondering, but what does the phrase "acted with substantial justification" mean in the sanctions statute for motion to compel depo testimony, CCP 2025.480 (pdf)? Does it mean the conduct that led the moving party to...more

"I Declare, It Is Necessary"

As every lawyer is aware, a party may propound more than 35 specially prepared interrogatories or requests for admissions simply by attaching a Declaration of Necessity pursuant to C.C.P. §2030.040 and C.C.P. §2033.040...more

McAfee & Taft RegLINC: Supreme Court prohibits federal common law nuisance suits seeking limits on carbon dioxide emissions By...

By a vote of 8 – 0, the United States Supreme Court recently ruled that congressional delegation of authority to EPA to regulate pollutants under the Clean Air Act (“Act”) speaks directly to regulation of carbon dioxide...more

Why Aren't You Using Requests For Admissions

If you are like most lawyers, you are using the typical discovery devices to gather up all your information--form interrogatories, special interrogatories, requests for production of documents, and of course the deposition...more

Changes Come to Confidentiality of Florida Court Filings

As the judicial branch transitions toward acquiring, maintaining, and distributing court records electronically, the Supreme Court of Florida has viewed the confidentiality of a narrow set of records as a...more

Smith v. Trailer Estates Park and Recreation District

Final Judgment in favor of Trailer Estates Park and Recreation District

The attached Final Judgment in favor of my client, Trailer Estates Park and Recreation District, was entered by the Court following a seven (7) day non-jury trial. The Court found in favor of Trailer Estates Park and...more

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