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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

I am not a Crook: Avoiding the Politics of Data Preservation with a Defensible E-Discovery Process

Of course we've all heard about Hillary's emails, and Trump certainly has email trouble of his own. For a while, Politwoops kept track of mistweets and other online regrets even after they were deleted until Twitter (and...more

Spreadsheets No More: Technology and the Expanding Role of Paralegals in E-Discovery

The role of the paralegal started in the 1960's in an attempt to streamline the delivery and cost efficiency of legal services. Today, that goal remains, especially in the field of E-Discovery. As companies increasingly look...more

Zapproved’s Brad Harris on Fundamentals of a Good Evidentiary Preservation Plan

The duty to preserve evidence is well established; litigants must take reasonable steps to ensure information is not deleted or altered once the duty arises. The duty to preserve applies equally to both plaintiff and...more

I’ve Made a Huge Mistake: Intentional Destruction of ESI is No Illusion

In season three of the series Arrested Development, episode 11 finds George Bluth, Sr. unsurprisingly using a giant electromagnet in an attempt to delete electronic computer files, which could potentially indict him for...more

District Court Refuses to Recognize "Apex" Doctrine for Documents Created by Inventor and Global Leader of Company

The defendant filed a motion to compel, seeking a wide array of discovery against Plaintiffs Dyson, Inc. and Dyson Limited (collectively, "Plaintiffs") to produce emails belonging to James Dyson ("Dyson"). Plaintiffs asserted...more

May The Force be with You: Binding the E-Discovery Process Together

The idea that all things are connected is a comforting one. Some people long to be unified with other people, both loved ones and strangers. Others seek unity with the natural world--flora and fauna, water and stone. Even in...more

Looking Back on 2015: The 6 Most Important eDiscovery Cases in Delaware

2015 saw continued interest by the Delaware courts in various aspects of eDiscovery. The courts dealt with broad issues, such as spoliation and general discovery misconduct, while also focusing on narrower issues, such as...more

Handy-Dandy Checklist for Admissibility of Electronic Evidence

For years we’ve advocated about ediscovery for defendants – consisting mostly of material gathered from a plaintiff’s social media postings. OK, so let’s assume some degree of success. Defense-side ediscovery has generated...more

Managed Services: eDiscovery That Tastes Great and Is Less Filling

In the 1970s, one brewer introduced its brand of light beer, and a classic debate: “tastes great” vs. “less filling.” The idea behind the campaign was that the beverage was “everything you always wanted in a beer. And...more

Discovery - Oppenheimer’s Half Life Has Long Been Exceeded

As we’ve discussed previously, and as the legal profession is by now well aware, the discovery provisions of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were significantly amended effective December 1, 2015. One of the foundational...more

Everything but the Kitchen Sink: New Data Types and E-Discovery

Almost any activity we take part in creates data; it no longer resides just on email servers or your laptop or mobile phones. Data resides in the cloud, in apps, on social media, in your watch or fitness tracker. For...more

Friday Funnies: Exterro's E-Discovery and IG Comics and Memes Page

We here at Exterro love E-Discovery! But it helps to have a sense of humor. That's why we created our E-Discovery and Information Governance Memes and Cartoons Series. And now you can go back and relive the magic...more

Disclosure in a digital age – How reforms and technology can reduce the costs of disclosure in arbitration and court

Managing the cost of litigation to business remains one of the toughest issues confronting any lawyer today. As the challenge of keeping costs proportionate seemingly gets more difficult by the day, we consider the impact of...more

UK High Court Approves the Use of Predictive Coding in Litigation

Legal technology providers in the UK have a lot to celebrate as the English High Court recently approved the use of predictive coding for disclosure in litigation. The judgment, handed down by Master Matthews in Pyrrho...more

What’s Trending in eDiscovery

The first quarter of 2016 has been a busy one for courts adjudicating matters relating to eDiscovery. Across the pond, the English High Court approved the use of technology-assisted review, while U.S. courts have been busy...more

Testing for Junk Science in the Discovery Process

What is the “Daubert” standard supposed to test? Daubert v Merrill Dow Pharmaceuticals, 509 US 579 (1993). Daubert and the Federal Rule of Evidence 702 are intended to allow the court to act as a gatekeeper in keeping...more

“We Give Up!”: Supreme Court Strikes Down All E-Discovery Amendments

In a shocking turn of events early this morning, April 1, 2016, the SCOTUS reset the clock to the days before electronic information was made discoverable in courts by striking down all so-called “E-Discovery Amendments” in...more

Courts Have Nothing But Good Things To Say About Predictive Coding

Predictive coding (also called “technology assisted review” (“TAR”)) involves the use of computerized artificial intelligence to extrapolate from attorney coding of small (and repeated) sample document sets ultimately to...more

Adverse Inference Instruction Issued in Light of Newly Amended Rule 37(e) (Florida)

Brown Jordan Int’l v. Carmicle, 2016 WL 815827 (S.D. Fla. Mar. 2, 2016) - In this wrongful termination case, the defendant employee sought the return of his personal laptop from the company plaintiffs, who refused to...more

Objections to Document Demands Under Amended Rule 34

The approach of objecting to document demands with boilerplate language containing half a dozen or more objections that have no actual nexus to the demands at issue has been used by litigators for decades. However, this...more

Federal Court Offers Clues in How the Newly Amended Rule 37(e) Will Be Applied When Electronically Stored Information Is Not...

Among the most significant changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that went into effect in December 2015 were amendments to Rule 37(e), which defines spoliation in the context of electronically stored information...more

Carefully Collect E-Data: Avoid the Metadata Minefield

You and your client need to use caution when collecting electronic data for discovery: One false step could result in major problems. Although it may seem quick and easy to, e.g., log on to a person’s computer, look at...more

Acceptance of Predictive Coding Spreads to the UK

Following the precedent set by Da Silva Moore1 in 2012, courts across the United States have adopted the use of predictive coding (sometimes referred to as “technology assisted review”) as a means of reducing the time and...more

10 Tips for Litigation Hold Plans

A “litigation hold plan” guides an organization in carrying out its evidence preservation obligations. Many factors come into play when the need to preserve records is triggered, and each organization has unique systems,...more

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