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The Internet is Even Busier That it Was Last Year: eDiscovery Trends

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About this time last year, I published (or re-published, if you will) a terrific infographic that illustrated what happens within the internet in a typical minute in 2016. Since I will be part of a panel discussion at The...more

Craig Ball Says That Failure to Preserve Mobile Devices in Litigation is the “M” Word: eDiscovery Best Practices

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In the latest post in his excellent Ball in Your Court blog, Craig Ball has some strong words for attorneys who fail to advise clients to preserve ESI from mobile devices when under a preservation duty....more

Brunswick Rail Wins Emergency Evidence Protection in Trade Secret Case Against Former Employees

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OOO Brunswick Rail Mgmt. v. Sultanov, No. 5:17-cv-00017-EJD, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2343 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 6, 2017). The court partially granted the plaintiff, OOO Brunswick Rail Mgmt., a motion for emergency evidence...more

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger Reignites Discussions of Federal Courts’ Inherent Authority

In recent years, discussions regarding the contours of a federal court’s inherent authority to sanction litigants for bad-faith behavior have been heating up faster than a defective tire at highway speeds. In the 2015...more

Litigators Warned to Update Their "Form File" Objections and Responses to Comply with Rule 34

In Fischer v. Forrest, No. 14 Civ. 1304 (PAE) (AJP), 14 Civ. 1307 (PAE) (AJP), 2017 WL 773694 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 28, 2017), Magistrate Judge Alexander J. Peck issued a "discovery wake-up call" to the bar of the Southern District...more

Plaintiff’s Erasure of iPhone Before Forensic Examination Leads to Recommended Dismissal of Case: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Coyne v. Los Alamos National Security, LLC et. al., No. 15-0054 (D. N.M., Mar. 21, 2017), New Mexico Magistrate Judge Karen B. Molzen recommended that the court grant the defendants’ motion to dismiss after the plaintiff’s...more

Court Tells Litigants “NO MORE WARNINGS” When It Comes to Boilerplate Discovery Objections: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Liguria Foods, Inc. v. Griffith Laboratories, Inc., C 14-3041-MWB (N.D. Iowa Mar. 13, 2017), Iowa District Judge Mark W. Bennett declined to sanction the parties for issuing boilerplate objections, but strongly warned them...more

E-Discovery Lessons from the State Investigation of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

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From the beginning, e-discovery has mainly been the realm of corporate legal teams leveraging their knowledge of the e-discovery process along with technology to reach a “just and speedy” resolution to the matter as laid out...more

E-Discovery Update: Seriously, Folks, the Federal Rules Have Changed

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It has been well over a year since the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect, and members of the judiciary are increasingly less tolerant of attorneys’ failure to conform to the new...more

After Metadata Shows Agreement Documents to Be Unreliable, Defendant’s “Hans” are Tied: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Ensing v. Ensing, et. al., No. 12591 (Del. Court of Chancery, Mar. 6, 2017), Vice Chancellor Slights ruled for the plaintiff in the case and concluding that the defendant “has engaged in blatant violations of court orders...more

UPS avoids undue burden in Solo v. UPS e-discovery case

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Solo v. United Parcel Serv (UPS). Co., No. 14-12719, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3275 (E.D. Mich. Jan. 10, 2017). The court denied the full extent of the data that the plaintiff, Joe Solo, requested in its motion to compel,...more

Court Issues Warning To The Bar Regarding Use Of “Boilerplate” Discovery Objections

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In Liguria Foods, Inc. v. Griffith Laboratories, Inc., Judge Mark Bennett of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa required both plaintiff and defense counsel to show cause why they should not be...more

Should Failing to Issue a Litigation Hold Be Considered Intent to Deprive?: eDiscovery Best Practices

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A lot has been discussed about the most recent changes to the Federal Rules, especially with regard to Rule 37(e) and the requirement of the intent to deprive standard to apply more serious sanctions. But, what activities...more

Attention Paralegals: Do You Have an E-Discovery Case Management Checklist?

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Attention E-Discovery Paralegals: chances are, you don't have an e-discovery checklist. Even though e-discovery activities tend to be sequential, full of dependencies and bound by time and resource constraints, very few legal...more

Failing to Test Search Terms Before Agreeing to Them Can Be Costly: eDiscovery Best Practices

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Here’s a big “pothole” that can derail your eDiscovery project. On Thursday, I’ll discuss how you can learn about several more “pitfalls” and “potholes” and how to avoid them....more

Court Denies Untimely Motion to Compel Production of Text Messages: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Healthwerks, Inc. et. al. v. Stryker Spine, et. al., No. 14-93 (E.D. Wisc., Mar. 6, 2017), Wisconsin District Judge Pamela Pepper denied a motion to compel production of text messages issued by the plaintiffs and third...more

Exploring the Limits of Compliance With a Data Subject Access Request

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Holyoake v Candy and another [2017] EWHC 52 (QB) saw the U.K. High Court look into the issue of compliance with a data subject access request (DSAR). The parties in this case were already involved in high-value court...more

The Sedona Principles Has Been Around Longer Than You May Realize: eDiscovery Best Practices

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It has been close to fifteen years since the original public comment draft of The Sedona Principles: Best Practices, Recommendations & Principles for Addressing Electronic Document Production was released. Even the second...more

Nikola Tesla Invented E-Discovery Technology in 1938, According to Newly Discovered Journal Now Housed at ACEDS

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In a stunning discovery earlier this year, a journal belonging to famed inventor Nikola Tesla was discovered when custodial staff were cleaning out the basement at the New Yorker Hotel, Tesla’s residence from 1934 until his...more

Destruction of Evidence, Cyberstalking and False Testimony: When Your Business Partner (and Romantic Partner) Behaves Badly

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In this business dispute (Shawe v. Elting 2017 Del. LEXIS 61 [Del. Feb. 13, 2017]), the plaintiff – Phillip Shawe– appealed the Court of Chancery’s decision* sanctioning him for serious misconduct throughout a litigation with...more

Putting Information on File Share Site without Protection Waives Privilege, Court Rules: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Harleysville Insurance Co. v. Holding Funeral Home, Inc., No. 1:15cv00057 (W.D. Va. Feb. 9, 2017), Virginia Magistrate Judge Pamela Meade Sargent ruled that the plaintiff’s placement of privileged information on a file...more

White House Allegedly Purges Electronic Devices after Order to Preserve Data: An E-Discovery Teachable Moment

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According to an article published in the Independent, allegations have arisen surrounding “White House officials and members of Donald Trump’s transition team…reportedly ‘purging’ their electronic devices to avoid being...more

Defendant Not Required to Modify Production After Plaintiff Fails to Demonstrate Prejudice: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Excel Enterprises, LLC v. Winona PVD Coatings, LLC, No. 3:16-cv-19-WCL-MGG (N.D. Ind., Feb. 17, 2017), Indiana Magistrate Judge Michael G. Gotsch, Sr. ruled that despite the fact that the defendant failed to demonstrate...more

WARNING: Follow Rules Governing Objections to Discovery Requests or Waive Them

On February 28, 2017, Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck issued a warning shot, styled as a “wake-up call,” to the SDNY Bar: comply with the now 15-month-old amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil...more

Requesting 72 Spelling Variations on Five Search Terms Spells Trouble for Plaintiffs: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Diesel Power Source et. al. v. Crazy Carl’s Turbos et. al., No. 14-826 (D. Utah, Feb. 23, 2017), Utah Magistrate Judge Brooke C. Wells denied the plaintiff’s Motion for Sanctions for the failure of the defendant to produce...more

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