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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standard

Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Michigan v. EPA, a Clean Air Act case involving hazardous air pollutant regulations, with implications for fossil fuel-fired power plant owners and operators in...more

Crash, Bang, Smash! Tips for Successfully Navigating Evidentiary Roads In Motor Vehicle Collisions

So your client has been involved in motor vehicle collision. Now what? Whether representing a plaintiff or a defendant in a crash, preserving all potentially relevant evidence is an obvious first concern. What may not be so...more

Alberta Judgment a Strong Reminder to Exercise Caution When Claiming Litigation Privilege Protection

The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench recently released its decision in TransAlta Corporation v. Market Surveillance Administrator (TransAlta v. MSA), ordering TransAlta Corporation (TransAlta) to produce hundreds of documents...more

Judge Peck Again Endorses TAR and Predictive Coding Protocols (New York)

Rio Tinto PLC v. Vale S.A., 2015 WL 872294 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 2, 2015). In this fraud case, the parties stipulated that they would use predictive coding during the discovery process. Judge Peck issued this opinion due to...more

When Personal Email Is Serious Business

Hillary Clinton is currently under fire for the use of a personal email account while United States Secretary of State. Mrs. Clinton apparently exclusively (or nearly exclusively) used her personal email account while...more

Diligence and Defensible Deletion Prevent Sanctions (Virgin Islands)

United Corporation v. Tutu Park Ltd., Inc., 2015 WL 457853 (V.I. Super. Jan. 28, 2015). In this breach of contract case, the plaintiff asked the court to impose sanctions on Kmart, a non-party to the suit, and to hold...more

Do Witness Interview Memoranda Deserve Opinion or Merely Fact Work Product Protection?: Part I

Unlike the absolute attorney-client privilege, the work product doctrine offers two possible levels of protection. Lawyers' (and other client representatives') opinions deserve absolute or nearly absolute protection in most...more

ESI Recovery and Restoration Costs Recoverable Under Rule 54 (Colorado)

Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Ctr. v. Leslea, 2015 WL 638198 (D. Co. Feb. 13, 2015). In this private civil rights enforcement case, the court dismissed the case, ruling that the defendants had qualified immunity. The...more

Insurer Not Required To Produce Coverage Memoranda Or Reinsurance Information In Discovery

A federal district court in New York has held that the attorney-client and work-product privileges apply to coverage memoranda sought by an insured from AIG Specialty Insurance in an ongoing coverage and bad faith litigation...more

Deceptive and Evasive Plaintiffs Hit With Sanctions (DC Circuit)

Parsi v. Daioleslam, 2015 WL 525146 (D.C. Cir. Feb. 10, 2015). In this appeal from a defamation case, the plaintiff sought the reversal of sanctions imposed by the district court. At trial, the plaintiff sought damages...more

Protecting the Identity of Your LLC Members & LP Partners in Litigation, Part II: Strategies for Discovery

You want to protect the identity of your business’ owners, but your opponent issued discovery requesting a copy of your organizational chart and/or information on the identities of your LLC members or LP partners. You are...more

The Peck(ing) Order for Predictive Coding Stays the Same

In his March 2, 2015 order issued in Rio Tinto PLC v. Vale S.A., et al., No. 14-Civ-3042 (S.D.N.Y.), Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck brought the world of predictive coding back to the future. ...more

The Benefits of Teaming Up With eDiscovery Co-Counsel

Litigation, particularly complex litigation, can be just that, complex. The complexity of litigation necessarily requires the ability to manage multiple moving parts in all phases of a case in the most efficient and...more

SDNY Recognizes Party Using TAR Not Required to Disclose Control Sets to Opposing Party

Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck’s recent decision in Rio Tinto PLC v. Vale S.A., S.D.N.Y., No. 14 Civ. 3042 (RMB)(AJP) (March 2, 2015), recognizes disclosure of non-responsive documents is not a per se requirement in cases...more

Stop giving away the store! Cases decided prior to the 2000 Amendment of F. R. Civ. P 26(b) do not define scope of discovery

We observed previously that “reasonably calculated” does not define scope of discovery, and it never has. Rather, discovery is limited, by the plain terms of F. R. Civ. P. 26, to “nonprivileged matter that is relevant to any...more

Don’t TAR and Feather Technology in E-Discovery

In the three years since the watershed decision in Da Silva Moore v. Publicis Groupe, technology-assisted review (TAR) has transformed from being a merely “acceptable way to search for relevant” ESI into “black letter law...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

Technology-Assisted Review: Please Show Me Your Seed Set

It has been three years since Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck issued his February 2012 decision in Da Silva Moore v. Publicis Groupe & MSL Group, 287 F.R.D. 182 (S.D.N.Y. 2012), judicially accepting for the first time the use of...more

No Early Peek of Cross-Examination Documents - TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. v. Trading Techs. Int’l, Inc.

Addressing patent owner’s challenge to the accuracy of the translation of a foreign language reference that was relied upon in a petition for covered business method (CBM) review, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s...more

Trust But Verify — What E-discovery should be

If you ask an opposing party about the details of their document collection; the custodians interviewed; the keywords searched; or the culling approaches used; you are likely to get one response, a quickly erected brick wall....more

E-Discovery — If not transparency, how about translucency?

Florida is sunny and a great place to live or work; but we can be a little slow to except new things. Florida Rules of Civil Procedure were amended a couple of years ago to include at least the mention of electronic...more

E-Discovery Update: “Discovery on Discovery”

As discovery has evolved into an electronic undertaking, large corporations increasingly find themselves defending their efforts to comply with the discovery requests of skeptical opposing counsel. ...more

E-Discovery and Information Management: New Email Retention Policy for New York State Heightens the Need to Timely Serve...

According to recent media reports, New York State has now implemented the 90-day email retention policy that was previously announced by the Cuomo Administration in June 2013. The reports indicate that various state agencies’...more

Pure Speculation is Not Enough for Sanctions (Florida)

Advantor Systems Corp. v. DRS Technical Services, Inc., 2015 WL 403308 (M.D. Fl. Jan. 28, 2015). In this non-disclosure case, the plaintiff sought sanctions after the defendant reformatted an employee laptop, allegedly...more

Court Refuses to Impose Sanctions Where No Duty Exists (Kansas)

Ballai v. Kiewit Power Constructors, 2015 WL 423795 (Ks. Ct. App. Jan. 23, 2015). In this employment law case, the plaintiff sought sanctions after the defendants recycled a laptop computer that the plaintiff had used...more

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