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

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

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

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

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

Defendant Ordered to Reproduce ESI in Native Format, As Originally Requested by Plaintiffs: eDiscovery Case Law

In Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Assoc. v. California Dept. of Education, No. 2:11-cv-3471 KJM AC (E.D. Cal. Feb. 2, 2017), California Magistrate Judge Allison Claire granted the plaintiffs’ motion to compel the defendant to...more

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms $7 Million Sanction for Discovery Misconduct: eDiscovery Case Law

In Shawe v. Elting, Case No. 487, 2016 (Supreme Court of Delaware, Feb. 13, 2017), the Delaware Supreme Court found that the Court of Chancery followed the correct legal standards and made no errors of law in its sanctions...more

Case Law: You Can’t Spoliate Evidence That You Don’t Possess

HCC Ins. Holdings, Inc. v. Flowers, No. 1:15-cv-3262-WSD, 2017 WL 393732 (N.D. Ga. Jan. 30, 2017). In this case, the court denied a motion for sanctions because the plaintiff failed to prove that the defendant ever...more

‘Very Poor Practice’ in Preservation Offset by the Defendant’s Choice Not to Review

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Cuker Interactive, LLC, No. 5.14-CV-5262 (W.D. Ark. Jan 19, 2017). In this long-running contract case, the defendant, Cuker Interactive, requested sanctions against the plaintiff, Wal-Mart Stores...more

Judge Finds Defense Counsel’s Reliance upon Pre-Amendment Rule 26 in a Motion to Compel the Equivalent of Bad Faith – Resulting in...

In Fulton v. Livingston Financial LLC, 2016 WL 3976558 (W.D. Wash. July 25, 2016), U.S. District Judge James L. Robart sanctioned a defense lawyer who “inexcusabl[y]” relied on outdated case law and pre-2015 amendments to...more

Metadata Plays Key Role in $10.8 Million Whistleblower Lawsuit Verdict: eDiscovery Case Law

Earlier this month, federal jurors awarded nearly $8 million to the former general counsel of a company who says he was fired because he blew the whistle on his company’s potential violation of a foreign bribery law. That...more

Court Rules That Proportionality And Cooperation Are Essential In Resolving E-Discovery Disputes

Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen agreed with UPS that it did not have to spend six months and $120,000 to recover data stored on backup tapes that may not be relevant to the case if UPS prevails in its efforts to limit the...more

ESI Discovery Best Practices, Part 7 – New FRCP One Year In – ESI Game Changer or Business As Usual?

I was recently reminded that it has been over a year since my last ESI-related blog. My excuse is that I wanted to allow the new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure addressing ESI to percolate before writing on the...more

Court Orders Plaintiff to Produce Emails with Original Metadata: eDiscovery Case Law

In Singh et. al. v. Hancock Natural Resources Group, Inc. et. al., No. 15-1435 (E.D. Cal., Dec. 29, 2016), California Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston granted the defendants’ motion to compel (in part), ordering the...more

Many Discovery Tools Exist To Find Emails To Prove Shareholder Oppression

I have noted many times on this blog that emails often prove shareholder oppression cases. It can be fairly easy for majority shareholders who are careful, and seek legal advise beforehand, to mask their true intent when...more

Court Orders Plaintiff to Produce Native Format Version of Email Potentially Altered: eDiscovery Case Law

In Lifetouch National School Studios, Inc. v. Roles, No. 3:15-cv-234 (W.D. P.A., Dec. 15, 2016), Pennsylvania District Judge Kim R. Gibson granted the portion of the defendant’s motion to compel associated with the request...more

Reasonable Steps to Preserve Evidence Yield More Than Selective Preservation

Sec. Alarm Fin. Enters., L.P. v. Alarm Protection Tech., LLC, No. 3:13-cv-00102-SLG, 2016 WL 7115911 (D. Alaska Dec. 6, 2016). Limited sanctions were appropriate under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e)(1) where a...more

Judge Cuts Over $10M from Attorney Fees Due to Use of Temporary Attorneys for Document Review: eDiscovery Case Law

The use of temporary associates for document review (and billing at normal staff associate rates) caused a federal judge in Manhattan to reduce the request for attorney fees by $10.3 million in a settlement of a securities...more

2016 eDiscovery Case Law Year in Review, Part 4

As we noted yesterday, Tuesday and Monday, eDiscovery Daily published 74 posts related to eDiscovery case decisions and activities over the past year, covering 62 unique cases! Yesterday, we looked back at cases related to...more

2016 eDiscovery Case Law Year in Review, Part 3

As we noted yesterday and Monday, eDiscovery Daily published 74 posts related to eDiscovery case decisions and activities over the past year, covering 62 unique cases! Yesterday, we looked back at cases related to...more

2016 eDiscovery Case Law Year in Review, Part 2

As we noted yesterday, eDiscovery Daily published 74 posts related to eDiscovery case decisions and activities over the past year, covering 62 unique cases! Yesterday, we looked back at cases related to admissibility and...more

Plaintiff’s Intentional Deletion of Emails to Competitors Leads to Order to Produce Gmail Account: eDiscovery Case Law

In Cohn et. al. v. Guaranteed Rate, Inc., No. 14-9369 (N.D. Ill., Dec. 8, 2016), Illinois District Judge John Robert Blakey granted in part and denied in part the defendant’s motion to compel discovery, for spoliation...more

Leveraging Proportionality to Set Reasonable Limits on Discovery at the Outset

Plaintiffs should not be permitted to insist on an extensive discovery wish list but rather must make some showing that their requests are proportional to the needs of the case. A district court in California recently...more

Client’s Bad Behavior Imputed to Counsel – Both Get Sanctioned

In Arrowhead Capital Fin. Ltd. v. Seven Arts Entertainment, Inc. 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126545 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 16, 2016), District Judge Katherine Polk Failla imposed significant sanctions upon both the Chief Executive Officer...more

Minimal Sanctions for a Minimal Showing of Prejudice

First Am. Title Ins. Co. v. Northwest Title Ins. Agency, No. 2:15-cv-00229 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 118377 (D. Utah Aug. 31, 2016). The court denied the majority of sanctions a party sought for spoliation of evidence where...more

2016 E-Discovery Case Law Top Ten List (#2 May Shock You!)

It’s been a year since the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were amended. Each rule to be changed was examined by panels of discovery experts, who focused on what was working and what was not. That’s why taking a look back on...more

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