Destruction of Evidence

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Texas Supreme Court Rules on Spoliation Instructions

The court holds that, with rare exception, intent is required for spoliation instructions in Texas. On July 3, the Texas Supreme Court issued its ruling in Brookshire Brothers, Ltd. v. Aldridge, holding, with a narrow...more

Texas Supreme Court Clarifies Spoliation Under Texas Law

After years of awaiting clarity from the Supreme Court of Texas regarding spoliation under Texas law, the Supreme Court issued a significant decision that will shift how Texas state courts handle civil jury instructions...more

Halifax Health Gets In More Hot Water

You probably didn’t think Florida’s Halifax Health could make its situation any worse. After all, only two months ago Halifax agreed to pay $85 million to settle just the first half of a Medicare fraud case. That still...more

Thorny Issues to Consider Before Buying Into BYOD

A salesperson and her boss are attending a conference at a hotel. Their goals are twofold: learning the latest industry trends and mingling with clients to generate business. After the sessions end, they invite two potential...more

The Long Arm of E-Discovery Stretches Overseas

Earlier this year, Kazuaki Fujitani, the general manager of a Japanese company’s sales division, pled guilty to obstruction of justice for destroying numerous e-mails and other documents in a federal investigation by the...more

The Civil Rules Committee Goes Back to the Drawing Board on Rule 37(e)

Calling its prior proposal “too restrictive,” the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules published a substantially revised version of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) in the agenda for its April 10-11 meeting. The Committee...more

Consumer Group Encourages AG Probe into J&J Document Destruction

The U.S. Attorney General’s office says it is reviewing an open letter submitted by a consumer group encouraging a criminal probe into the destruction by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) of pelvic mesh litigation documents....more

Court Denies Sanctions Without Evidence of Timing of Destruction (Illinois)

Sokn v. Fieldcrest Cmty. School Dist. No. 8, 2014 WL 201534 (C.D. Ill. Jan. 17, 2014). In this discrimination lawsuit, the plaintiff was the only female principal in the defendants’ school district. The plaintiff...more

Gross Negligence Enough for Adverse Inference Instruction

In 2003, Judge Shira Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued five landmark decisions, which have since shaped the landscape of electronic discovery and document preservation. ...more

Top 10 Compliance Trends For 2014

As 2013 wraps up, it is that time of year again when we dust off the compliance crystal ball and take a look at what might be in store for 2014: 1. Executive Order 13627 on Trafficking in Government Contracts —...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 31-the FCPA Year in Review, Corporate Enforcement Actions [Video]

In this episode, I review the corporate FCPA enforcement actions of 2013. ...more

TVM Update: J&J Officials May Have Intentionally Destroyed Ethicon Vaginal Mesh Documents

Officials at Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division are currently facing serious allegations that they intentionally destroyed important documents that had been order to be preserved as evidence for thousands of vaginal mesh...more

My (Google) Hangout with the Ediscovery Experts

What happens when seven of the smartest, most articulate ediscovery professionals come together for an hour talk about—quite frankly—whatever they want? Just yesterday Josh Gilliland, Samir Mathur, Barry Murphy, Ralph...more

October 2013 Bonus Case Summaries: Louisiana: Guilty Plea to Destruction of Evidence Results in Soft Treatment

United States v. Halliburton Energy Services, Inc., No. 2:13-cr-00165-JTM-KWR (E.D. La. Sept. 19, 2013). In this criminal law case, the Justice Department accepted the defendant’s guilty plea for “unauthorized destruction...more

Fun With SnapChat Spoliation and Preservation

Imagine an app that lets you send 10-second picture messages… and then the pictures get deleted forever. Welcome to SnapChat, the app allegedly used by Wall Street moguls for insider trading and a platform for new fashion...more

Top EDiscovery Case Summaries - October 2013: New York: Court Allows Presumption of Prejudice, Overturns Previous Order Denying...

Sekisui Am. Corp. v. Hart, 2013 WL 4116322 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 15, 2013). In this case, Judge Shira Scheindlin reversed an earlier order that denied spoliation sanctions for the plaintiffs’ deletion of ESI. The underlying breach...more

Sekisui Am. Corp. v. Hart: Judge Scheindlin’s Latest Footprint in Spoliation Case Law – Part 2

Part II: The Implications What level of culpability should trigger sanctions? Negligence? Gross negligence? Bad faith? What arises to the level of prejudicing the non-producing party’s case? This case brings to light...more

Sekisui Am. Corp. v. Hart: Judge Scheindlin’s Latest Footprint in Spoliation Case Law – Part 1

Judge Shira Scheindlin’s latest opinion, Sekisui v. Hart, marks a major development for the latest footprint in spoliation case law and is sure raise eyebrows among federal rule makers tasked with reworking Federal Rule 37....more

Top 5 Ediscovery Case Summaries – July 2013: California - No Relevance of the Evidence? No Sanctions

Cottle-Banks v. Cox Commc’ns, Inc., 2013 WL 2244333 (S.D. Cal. May 21, 2013). In this spoliation case, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant charged a rental fee to customers for use of “set-top-boxes”, even though...more

Aaron Hernandez and the Consequences of Destroying Electronic Evidence

The disturbing saga of former New England Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez has continued to unfold before our eyes over the past few days. Hernandez has now been charged with one count of first-degree murder and is allegedly...more

Top 5 Ediscovery Case Summaries – May 2013: New Jersey - Sanctions Granted for Social Media Spoliation

Gatto v. United Air Lines, Inc., 2013 WL 1285285 (D.N.J. Mar. 25, 2013). In this personal injury dispute, the defendants sought spoliation sanctions arising out of the plaintiff’s destruction of relevant social media...more

Top 5 Ediscovery Case Summaries – April 2013: Puerto Rico - “Careless” Deletion of ESI Warrants Exclusion of Evidence, Adverse...

E.E.O.C. v. Ventura Corp, Ltd., 2013 WL 550550 (D.Puerto Rico Feb. 12, 2013). In this case, the plaintiffs sought sanctions against the defendant for allegedly destroying relevant evidence of discriminatory hiring practices...more

The Duty To Preserve Social Media Information

It is not, as many recent articles and blogs have discussed, just about whether relevant social media information can be discovered by one party in a lawsuit. It is also about what happens when a party fails to preserve...more

DEP Hazmat Specialist Pleads Guilty To Spill Records Destruction – Implications For Those Affected By Spills

Former HazMat Specialist Jon P. Andrews, assigned to the Augusta Region of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, has pleaded guilty to destroying three years of spill records on his final day on the job. The...more

IP Update, Vol. 16, No. 2, -- February 2013

In This Issue: Patents - Supreme Court: State Court Has Jurisdiction over a Legal Malpractice Claim; Nothing Non-Obvious About Applying Pre-Existing Technology to the Internet; The Federal Circuit Is Not the...more

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