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Court Rejects Overly Broad Request For Forensic Imaging Of Plaintiff’s Personal Computers

An Illinois appellate court has vacated a trial court’s order compelling the forensic imaging of several personal computers used by plaintiff, applying a balancing test that takes into account both the proportionality rule...more

Social Media eDiscovery: Filter Needed

A ski trip with your fiancé results in a great photo of the two of you on a ski covered mountain; obviously, the picture is destined for your Facebook page. This picture may be used for more than to show off your good time...more

The Failure to Issue a Legal Hold Can Cause a Case to Crash and Burn

Bruner v. Am. Honda Motor Co., No. 1:15-00499-N, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62810 (S.D. Ala. May 12, 2016). Where a defendant had never initiated a legal hold and had been continuously deleting e-mails since litigation began,...more

Go Fish: Do General Discovery Rules Apply to a Litigant’s Facebook Posts?

While discovery of social media information has been commonplace for some time, courts are still struggling with when such discovery should be allowed. While courts generally hold that normal discovery rules apply to social...more

Discovery, New Rules and a Need for Transparency

In a lawsuit the discovery process should allow each party to explore evidence in the possession of opposing parties, which may assist in proving their respective claims. The defendant is at an advantage in this process,...more

Social Media E-Discovery: Are Your Facebook Posts Discoverable in Civil Litigation?

Judge Richard J. Walsh began his opinion in Largent v. Reed with the following question: “What if the people in your life want to use your Facebook posts against you in a civil lawsuit?” With the explosive growth of social...more

Who is John Doe? Actor James Woods Brings “Twibel” Case Against Anonymous User “Abe List” for Calling Him A “Cocaine Addict”

Last week, renowned film and television actor James Woods brought a defamation claim against an anonymous Twitter user who tweets from the handle “Abe List,” alleging that Abe List falsely accused Woods of being a cocaine...more

Texas Legislature Passes Two Bills Impacting Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Litigation

Companies at risk of personal injury or wrongful death litigation in Texas should take note of two bills recently passed by the 84th Texas Legislature, HB 1692 and SB 735. HB 1692 HB 1692 is intended to curb the practice...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

Are Attorney-Expert Communications Discoverable in Pennsylvania? (Almost never) -- Some Clarity from the Appellate Courts

In Pennsylvania, testifying experts usually are not deposed before trial; typically, their written reports are provided in advance of trial and delineate the substance and scope of their testimony. Attorneys often wish to...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

Insurers Be Warned, Your Communications Are Discoverable

Insurers and reinsurers regularly communicate regarding matters they view as confidential. These communications often relate to claims, both routine and litigated, by the underlying insureds. Insureds, in turn, seek discovery...more

Texas Supreme Court Issues New Framework for Spoliation Sanctions

On July 3, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court issued an opinion intended to clarify the circumstances in which a trial court may impose sanctions for spoliation, including specifically the submission of a spoliation instruction to...more

Business Litigation Alert: "What You Don't Keep Can Hurt You"

A recent Texas Supreme Court decision has important implications for the policies companies follow in Texas to avoid accusations that they have tampered with evidence or destroyed records improperly. The Supreme Court...more

Court Aims to "Fill in the Gaps" of Texas Spoliation Law

Acknowledging increasing difficulties associated with maintaining large volumes of electronic information in today's digital age, the Texas Supreme Court recently issued its opinion in Brookshire Bros. v. Aldridge. The...more

Social Media — The Possibilities Are Endless!

Facebook. Instagram. YouTube. Twitter. LinkedIn. SnapChat. Flickr. Google+. Tumblr. WeChat. MySpace. WhatsApp. Reddit. The list of social media and networking sites goes on and on. It’s fairly common knowledge...more

Confessions of an adrenaline addict and trial lawyer

Adrenaline and its effects is the crushing elephant in the room of every courthouse across the country. Lawyers strung out on adrenaline are crowding our courtrooms with lawsuits that never end, disputes that never get...more

COITO v. SUPERIOR COURT--Is It Heading Back to the Supreme Court?

On August 14, 2012, Judge William A. Mayhew of Stanislaw Superior Court issued his Notice of Hearing on Issues Re Remand in the case of Debra Coito v. State of California. The order requested that the following issues to be...more

Don’t Forget Social Media During Discovery

Social media continues to be important in litigation, especially in cases where the plaintiff alleges damages for emotional distress or mental injury. Courts are increasingly allowing discovery of the plaintiff's social media...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

All Answers Remain the Same

A party should use supplemental interrogatories and demands in an efficient and effective manner. They should be sent at least once a year and no later then 90 days before trial. The responses you obtain should direct you...more

ADR Neutrals Can Be Utilized with New ESI Rules

ARTICLE ABSTRACT Changes are coming to existing rules and specifically include amendments to address ESI within Florida Civil Procedure Rules 1.200, 1.201, 1.280, 1.340, 1.350, 1.380 and 1.410 of the Florida Rules of Civil...more

YOU NEED TO FILE A MOTION FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER!!

Over lunch last week, a local attorney was complaining to me about his case that is going to trial in July. On the last day to serve written discovery, Plaintiff counsel had served each of his five clients, on behalf of each...more

Making Your Online Evidence Usable in the Courtroom by Michael Kaiser, Kaiser Legal Group

Presented by Michael Kaiser of the Kaiser Legal Group at the Seattle Continuing Legal Education seminar (CLE) "Everything You Don't Know About E-Discovery (But Wish You Did)." The CLE was held at the Washington State...more

Save Time, Money & Angst -- MEET and CONFER

The purpose of the “meet and confer” requirements set forth in C.C.P. §§ 25.450(b)(2)), 2025.480, 2030.300(b), 2031.310(b), 2032.250 and 2033.290 was for the lawyers to revisit their position, in good faith discuss a...more

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