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Merely Discarding Information Won’t Violate Florida’s Tampering Statute

On December 3, 2014, Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal overturned a police detective’s conviction for deleting a video from his work cellular telephone. The video recorded a witness making statements about a case, but...more

Roadmap to Prison: Lessons Learned from the Criminal Prosecution of Alpha Ambulance’s Leaders

No one running an ambulance company ever planned to go to prison for doing his or her job. But that is a real possibility if the government knocks on the door, and the owner or manager is dishonest in his or her response to...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission resolved its actions against the PRC based affiliates of five major accounting firms for failure to produce audit work papers. The settlement contains a series of procedures designed to facilitate production in...more

An Attempt For ECPA Reform

Under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (“ECPA”), the government can gain access to emails and other electronic communications that are more than 180 days old. This has been termed the “180-day rule,” whereby...more

Defendant Entitled to New Trial After Trial Court Erroneously Admitted “Russian Equivalent of Facebook” into Evidence (New York)

United States v. Vayner, 2014 WL 4942227 (2d Cir. Oct. 3, 2014). In this criminal case, the defendant was convicted “on a single count of unlawful transfer of a false identification document.” The government relied...more

How is the Venture Community Affected by the Criminalization of Trade Secret Law Under the Economic Espionage Act?

It's a commonplace occurrence in Silicon Valley for skilled employees to move from one company to another, followed quickly by a civil trade secret lawsuit alleging that the employee stole trade secrets from his prior...more

Behind the Great Firewall Of Ediscovery In Asia

When dealing with US requests for data subject to ediscovery rules in Asia, corporate counsel at multinational corporations must be on top of their game. Managing ediscovery in the United States alone presents a significant...more

Federal District Court Decision in Microsoft Case re Warrants for Content Stored Outside US

On July 31, the district court judge issued a ruling in the case involving the US Government’s warrant issued to Microsoft to compel production of data stored on the servers of its wholly owned Irish subsidiary located in...more

Foreign Data Center Subject to Reach of U.S. Government

Following the July 31, 2014 decision of a New York federal judge in In re Warrant to Search a Certain E-mail Account Controlled and Maintained by Microsoft Corp., 1:13-mj-02814 (SDNY), U.S. companies should be aware that data...more

SDNY Judge Orders Microsoft to Produce Emails Stored Abroad

Chief Judge Loretta A. Preska of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York affirmed Magistrate Judge James C. Francis IV’s opinion and ordered that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) could compel...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

Status Updates - July 2014 #3

..A relatively new site called Wanelo combines the features of a social media site and an e-commerce site by permitting users to “save” products that they are interested in, and showing them to their online friends. The site...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

The Long Arm of E-Discovery Stretches Overseas

Earlier this year, Kazuaki Fujitani, the general manager of a Japanese company’s sales division, pled guilty to obstruction of justice for destroying numerous e-mails and other documents in a federal investigation by the...more

Microsoft Mail and the 4th Amendment: Do Any of Us Seriously Think We Have a Right Not to Have Email Seized as Possible Evidence?

A perspective on the recent Fourth Amendment and privacy considerations raised by Judge James C. Francis' recent Memorandum and Order: 'In The Matter Of A Warrant To Search A Certain E-Mail Account Controlled And Maintained...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Did They Really Say That?"

E-Mails Continue to Be the Modern "Smoking Gun" - The recent financial-collapse and bankruptcy of former mega-law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf has captivated the attention of the legal industry, but are there lessons to be...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

Top 5 Ediscovery Case Summaries - December 2013: Michigan: Court Allows the Production of Police Report Metadata to Criminal...

United States v. Tutt, 2013 WL 5707791 (E.D. Mich. Oct. 21, 2013). In this criminal case, the court granted the defendant’s subpoena duces tecum for the production of the arresting officers’ personnel files, internal...more

Discovery Evolutions Hold Promise for Greater Privacy Benefits for Litigants

For most civil litigants, discovery is an unprecedented invasion of privacy. Private letters, notes to one’s self, off-the-cuff emails, financial details and transactions, photographs, and all other forms of memorializing...more

October 2013 Bonus Case Summaries: New York: Commonly Occurring Incidents Trigger a Duty to Preserve

Taylor v. City of New York, 2013 WL 4744806 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 4, 2013). In this criminal law case, the plaintiff moved for sanctions for spoliation of video footage of a fight between prison inmates. ...more

October 2013 Bonus Case Summaries: Louisiana: Guilty Plea to Destruction of Evidence Results in Soft Treatment

United States v. Halliburton Energy Services, Inc., No. 2:13-cr-00165-JTM-KWR (E.D. La. Sept. 19, 2013). In this criminal law case, the Justice Department accepted the defendant’s guilty plea for “unauthorized destruction...more

Cyber-Bullies Charged With Distributing Child Pornography In Canada

In April 2013, Rehtaeh Parsons died after her parents took her off life support following a suicide attempt after months of enduring cyber bullying. The harassment was the result of a photo depicting Parsons allegedly being...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

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

Top 5 Ediscovery Case Summaries – May 2013: Illinois - Court Looks to Circumstantial Evidence to Rely on Evidence from MySpace

People v. Kucharski, 2013 WL 1281844 (Ill. App. 2nd Dist. Mar. 29, 2013). In this harassment through electronic communications case, the defendant allegedly posted lewd comments and offensive remarks on the victims...more

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