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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

Eleventh Circuit Finds No Coverage for Contempt Proceedings under Lloyd's Professional Liability Insurance Policy

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In Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. v. Prosight-Syndicate 1110 at Lloyd’s, United States No. 15-12399, 2017 WL 586450 (11th Cir., February 14, 2017) the insured law firm sought to recover legal fees and costs incurred...more

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

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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

Did the Defendant Know? Filing a Complaint Can Sustain the Knowledge Element Required to Maintain a Claim of Induced Infringement

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Order Granting Motion to Dismiss and Denying Request for Attorneys’ Fees and Sanctions, Edwin Lyda v. CBS Interactive, Inc., Case No. 16-cv-06592-JSW (Judge Jeffrey S. White) - In a helpful ruling for defendants, Judge...more

Patent Owner and Counsel to Pay Double Costs for Frivolous Appeal

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Addressing the issue of sanctions for continued litigation after the parties settled all claims, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court’s award of attorneys’ fees and costs, and granted...more

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

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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 July 25, 2016), U.S. District Judge James L. Robart sanctioned a defense lawyer who “inexcusabl[y]” relied on outdated case law and pre-2015 amendments to...more

Are All Troll Cases Exceptional?

In Iris Connex, LLC, v. Dell, Inc., [2:15-cv-1915-JRG] (January 25, 2016), District Judge Gilstrap, after granting summary judgment to Dell, awarded attorneys fees, noting Dell’s arguments that Iris Connex’s claim...more

The U.S. Supreme Court And Workplace Class Actions

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Seyfarth Synopsis: As profiled in our recent publication of the 13th Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report, the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings have a profound impact on employers and the tools they may utilize to...more

2016 eDiscovery Case Law Year in Review, Part 4

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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

When it’s Over, it’s Over

In Walker v. Health International Corp., [2015-1676] (January 6, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s award of sanctions for vexatious actions in continuing to litigate after the parties settled all...more

2016 eDiscovery Case Law Year in Review, Part 2

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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

Discovery Misconduct “As Deep As It Is Wide” Merits Harsh Sanctions

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Arrowhead Capital Fin., Ltd. v. Seven Arts Entertainment, Inc., No. 14 Civ. 6512 (KPF), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126545 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 16, 2016). The court imposed substantial sanctions on the defendants and their...more

Lawyers Sanctioned for Seeking to Settle Federal Court Class Action in State Court

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Lawyers seeking to settle class actions pending in federal court by dismissing and refiling in state court beware! In two recent orders, a federal judge in the Western District of Arkansas ruled that the attorneys...more

Party’s Willful Destruction of Data Did Not “Optimize” the Case for Dismissal

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Ericksen v. Kaplan Higher Educ., LLC, No. RDB-14-3106, 2016 WL 695789 (D. Md. Feb. 22, 2016). Where a plaintiff “willfully [ran] a computer program that she knew, given her computer expertise, would destroy at least some...more

The Punishing Effect of Rule 11

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Federal courts correct bad litigation behavior, eventually. People take being sued personally, and lawsuits can take an emotional toll on defendants, whether as an individual or as a representative of an employer. Anger...more

Defendant's "Piecemeal" Approach to Discovery and Review of Only Select Files of Corporate Employees Results in Sanctions

In this patent infringement action, the defendants conducted a "piecemeal approach to discovery, reviewing only the files of select corporate employees." The district court found that this approach was contrary to the Federal...more

Attorneys must be precise in representations to court

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On May 19, Judge Andrew Hanen of the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued a scathing order criticizing the conduct of several Department of Justice attorneys defending the federal government against a...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects The Government’s Position In The Largest EEOC Fee Sanction Case Ever

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Seyfarth Synopsis: In a landmark case for EEOC litigation involving fee sanctions, while employer CRST successfully argued that a ruling “on-the-merits” is not necessary to be a prevailing party, the SCOTUS remanded the case...more

Bank Hit with Sanctions for Violation of the Automatic Stay

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A recent case from the Western District of North Carolina, Statesville Division, reminds us all of the consequences for violating the automatic stay. Nationstar Mortgage, LLC apparently continued its efforts to collect a debt...more

Federal Court Awards Sanctions Against the Filer of Improper Rule 11 Motion

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Be careful what you wish for. That was the message Middle District of Florida Judge Carlos Mendoza delivered in Claudet v. First Federal Credit Control, Inc., 14-CV-2068  (M.D. Fla. Nov. 17, 2015) to the filer of an improper...more

Business Litigation Reporter October 2015

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Goodwin Procter’s Business Litigation Reporter provides timely summaries of key cases and other developments within dedicated Business Litigation sessions and related courts throughout the country – courts within which...more

Fruitful Harvest of Attorneys’ Fees and Sanctions for Farmville Creator Zynga

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Order Granting Motion for Attorneys’ Fees: Granting Motion in Part for Sanctions, Segan LLC v. Zynga Inc., Case No. 14-cv-01315-VC (Judge Vince Chhabria) - We previously reported on the Segan v. Zynga case when Judge...more

“When in Doubt, Disclose”: Seventh Circuit Levies Sanctions for Undisclosed Class Conflict in Southwest Airlines Voucher...

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The Seventh Circuit’s message to the bar in Levitt v. Southwest Airlines Co. (In Re: Southwest Airlines Voucher Litigation), No. 13-3264 (7th Cir. Aug. 20, 2015), was “short and simple: when in doubt, disclose.” Slip Op. at...more

The DIGEST Of Equal Employment Opportunity Law

Agency Processing - Agency Failed to Develop Adequate Record to Make Determination on Claim of Sex Discrimination Based on Gender Stereotype. Complainant alleged that he was subjected to ongoing hostile work environment...more

The Big Three: The 9th Circuit Joins The 6th Circuit and 7th Circuit in Holding That Sanctions For Bad-Faith Litigation Tactics...

In Law v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (2015 S.O.S. 13–56099 – filed August 27, 2015), the Ninth Circuit joined the shortlist of Circuit Courts to hold that sanctions for bad-faith litigation tactics under 28 U.S.C. section 1927...more

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