Electronic Discovery Civil Procedure

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Proportionality Factors Persuade Court to Grant Motion to Compel (Pennsylvania)

First Niagara Risk Mgmt. v. Folino, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 106094 (E.D. Pa. Aug. 11, 2016) - In this dispute over the violation of a non-compete agreement, the plaintiff moved the court to compel a discovery request....more

“Rather Broad” Discovery Request Is Nonetheless Proportional to Case

First Niagara Risk Mgmt., Inc. v. Folino, No. 16-1779 (E.D. Pa. Aug. 11, 2016). The court concluded that the plaintiff’s requested scope of discovery from the defendant’s electronic devices, while “rather broad,” was...more

Court Limits Request for Social Media to Certain Relevant Information (Louisiana)

Baxter v. Anderson, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110687 (M.D. La. Aug. 18, 2016) - In this personal injury case, the defendant moved the court to compel a wide range of discovery related to the plaintiff’s social media...more

Court Refuses to Compel Disclosure of Archived E-Mails Due to “Undue Burden and Cost”

Elkharwily v. Franciscan Health Sys., No. 3:15-cv-05579-RJB (W.D. Wash. July 29, 2016). After a previous order granting the plaintiff’s motion to compel discovery of “live” e-mails, the court denied the plaintiff’s...more

Court Holds that Predictive Coding Does Not Change Discovery Standard (Federal Circuit)

Dynamo Holdings Ltd. P’ship v. Comm’r of Internal Revenue, No. 2685-11, 8393-12, 2016 WL 4204067 (T.C. July 13, 2016) - In this tax case, the respondent sought a motion to compel the petitioners to provide documents...more

Jenga! -- The Future of E-Discovery with Judge Peck and Judge Rodriguez at Exterro inFusion ‘16

Last week, Exterro’s annual user conference, inFusion 16, was in full swing, and for our visitors coming from points all over the U.S. and abroad, Oregon didn’t disappoint with its iconic weather – a mild fall mix of cool...more

Considering E-Discovery in Cloud Contracts

Earlier this year, I predicted that 2016 would be a year of increased focus on e-discovery from cloud-based sources and postulated that many organizations would demand better e-discovery solutions and increased cooperation...more

Court Refuses to Compel Production of Archived Emails on Backup Tape (Washington)

Elkharwily v. Franciscan Health Sys., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 99795 (W.D. Wash. July 29, 2016) - In this employment discrimination case, the plaintiff moved the court to compel production of discovery from archived email....more

Rules Amendments Mean That Proportionality Limits Even MDL Discovery

We’ve blogged several times over the past couple years about the 2015 amendments to the federal rules as they pertain to discovery, including electronic discovery. Earlier this year, after the amendments had been in effect...more

Electronic Discovery Preparedness Audit Handbook

While your organization may not regularly be involved in costly or complicated litigation, there are instances in which it may nonetheless be required to identify, collect, and produce documents most likely in the form of...more

Electronic Discovery Preparedness Checklist

While your organization may not regularly be involved in costly or complicated litigation, there is always the potential for this to arise. Additionally, you may work in an industry that is heavily regulated and subject to...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Adopts Significant Amendments to Court Rules

The New Jersey Supreme Court has adopted several amendments to the Court Rules, effective September 1, 2016. Below is a summary of the most significant Rule changes, including those relating to discovery of electronically...more

Staggering Data Statistics (and What You Can Do About It)

Organizations are at a critical crossroads when it comes to their data. Did you know that: - Since 2008, e-mail stores have grown by nearly 500 percent? Other forms of unstructured data storage, which have ballooned...more

E-Discovery Update: No More Fishing Allowed!

Mark Twain warned, “Do not tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.” Litigants should heed this advice, as courts are proving to be less tolerant of discovery...more

New Resources Available for Interpreting the FRCP

The first couple of months after the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) amendments were enacted in December 2015 changed the ediscovery atmosphere. During that time, it was unknown to practitioners whether the changes to...more

What Are Custom Algorithms, and Why Do They Matter for Legal and Compliance Risk Management?

When you last visited your favorite social media site or browsed the Internet using your search engine of choice, targeted advertisements and links probably appeared. You may have been shopping for a t-shirt on one site, only...more

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

New Sedona Conference Commentary Recommends Restricting the Reach of Document Requests Directed to U.S. Affiliates of Overseas...

Earlier this month, the Sedona Conference issued the final version of its “Commentary on Rule 34 and Rule 45 ‘Possession, Custody, or Control.’” The Commentary recommends adopting the “legal right” test to analyze the...more

“Caveat Emptor” Applies to ESI Requests (Puerto Rico)

P.R. Med. Emergency Grp., Inc. v. Iglesia Episcopal Puertorriqueña, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 99391 (D.P.R. July 26, 2016) - In this Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”) case, the plaintiff...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

Premises Camera Surveillance Part 1: When Does the Duty to Preserve Video Evidence Arise?

The effective and proper use of premises camera surveillance is just the first step in whether or not video evidence will be used in litigation. This first article in a series considers when a duty to preserve video...more

Court Clarifies the Obligation to Utilize Rule 26(b)(1) Proportionality Factors (Kansas)

Rowan v. Sunflower, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 72254 (D. Kan. June 2, 2016) - In this personal injury case, the plaintiff motioned the court to compel discovery from one of the defendants. Before this motion, the defendant...more

Brexit: Through the Eyes of a US Legal Team

The headlines are nearly ubiquitous at this point: this summer, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. The reasons cited for leaving are varied and complicated, with many commentators still...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

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