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2016 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Take Effect

On December 1, 2016, the annual updates to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect. The changes are relatively minor this year compared to last year, which included a significant narrowing of the scope of...more

Defendant Ordered to Produce Source Code Responsive to Agreed Upon Search Protocol: eDiscovery Case Law

In ACI Worldwide Corp. v. MasterCard Technologies, LLC et. al., No. 14-31 (D. Nebraska, Oct. 27, 2016), Nebraska Magistrate Judge F.A. Gossett granted the plaintiff’s Motion to Compel Production of the defendant’s Full Source...more

Friend (or Foe) Requests: Using Social Media In Employment Litigation

Seyfarth Synopsis: Social media is a potential goldmine of information when it comes to defending against employment lawsuits—pictures, status updates, location markers, “likes,” groups, and associated friends, all from the...more

Don’t Get Tagged – Avoiding Ethical Missteps with Social Media Investigations

As the number of people who interact on social media surpasses the one billion mark, attorneys are catching-on and turning to various platforms for investigative purposes and as informal discovery tools. We all know that the...more

Off The Record. Or Not?

In November 2007, an article titled “Off the Record,” which was co-authored by one of this article’s authors, was published in this Journal. It began by saying “[e]very good appellate lawyer knows that an appeal is...more

With No Proof of Duty to Preserve or Bad Faith, Plaintiffs’ Request for Sanctions is Denied: eDiscovery Case Law

In Reyes et. al. v. Julia Place Condominiums Homeowners Association, Inc., et. al., No. 12-2043 (E.D.L.A., Oct. 7, 2016), Louisiana District Judge Carl J. Barbier, in denying the plaintiffs’ request for sanctions, stated that...more

The Light that Shone One Dim Winter Afternoon: The Story of the First E-Discovery Day Celebration

E-Discovery Day is just around the corner, and people are already gearing up for a great lineup of webcasts with speakers from across the industry, as well as live events in various cities across the US. December 1st is the...more

Is Office 365 Alone Sufficient to Address Your eDiscovery Obligations?

Office 365 is moving mainstream eDiscovery off-premises, making Microsoft compelling and convenient for many organizations. If you’re an IT, legal, compliance or HR professional and answered “yes” to the question posed above,...more

Proposed “Patent Agent Privilege” Promises Protection For Patent Practitioners And Clients

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) recently proposed a patent-agent privilege that would bring needed consistency to the discovery phase of Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) proceedings....more

For Whom the Bell Tolls: Obligations and Risks of Third-party Witnesses under Rule 2004 Examinations.

Two recent Bankruptcy Court cases both remind and illustrate the power and risks presented by discovery of facts and documents under Bankruptcy Rule 2004, showing that it can compel third parties to provide information to...more

Businesses can refuse Subject Access Requests made for the dominant purpose of litigation

The High Court has ruled that a business that receives a Subject Access Request ("SAR") can refuse to disclose the requested information in some cases, if the dominant purpose of the SAR is litigation. This appears to mark a...more

Significant Swiss ruling handed down on privilege in anti-money laundering investigations

In a recent judgment, the Swiss Federal Tribunal has ruled that, where a financial institution delegates its investigation and reporting obligations under the Swiss Anti-Money Laundering Act ("AMLA") to external counsel,...more

What if your E-Discovery Process was Like Thanksgiving Dinner?

The buzz around the office this week has been about turkey, dressing, and all the fixings (and of course the days of leftovers that follow!). But the key to Thanksgiving Dinner isn’t in the consumption but in the preparation....more

Benedict’s Maritime Bulletin: Discovery and Disclosure: Civil Litigation Tools for Obtaining Evidence in the United States,...

The ever-increasing cost of civil litigation was once thought to be a unique trait of the United States civil justice system. However, the expense of civil litigation is on the rise across the globe, due in no small part to...more

Chris Lazarini Analyzes Right to Jury Under Section 4 of Federal Arbitration Act

Bass, Berry & Sims Chris Lazarini analyzed a case outlining when a party is entitled to have a jury decide issues related to the making or enforceability of an arbitration agreement. ...more

The Fall Version of The eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey Has a Canadian Influence: eDiscovery Trends

With everything else we’ve been covering, we’ve been remiss to mention that it’s time for another round of the quarterly eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey created by Rob Robinson and conducted on his terrific Complex...more

The PTAB Review - November 2016

New Testimonial Evidence with Preliminary Responses: Panacea or Placebo? Just over three years ago, during a keynote speech at the AIPLA annual meeting, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) was criticized as a...more

Public Comment Period Extended for Commentary on Defense of Process: eDiscovery Best Practices

As we noted a couple of months ago, The Sedona Conference® Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production (WG1) has issued a Public Comment Version of a new Principles and Guidelines for Developing and...more

Divorce Case Spanning Continents Spawns Discovery Sanctions For Company’s Failure To Produce Documents Physically Located Abroad

The Eleventh Circuit affirmed a district court’s order compelling discovery and awarding contempt sanctions after a man refused to answer discovery requests and defied orders requiring production of documents in a divorce...more

Seeking Punitive Damages Can Expand Scope of Discovery

As litigators are well aware, a lawsuit frequently begins and ends with discovery. Complaints must be carefully worded and allegations carefully chosen in order to maximize success in developing a record and in exploring...more

Comic Book E-Discovery: Writer Ben Percy & Attorney Josh Gilliland Weigh In on the Legal World of DC's Green Arrow

Some people might think of comic books as flights of fancy filled with characters wielding supernatural powers to fight foes from other planets, and yes, that’s true. But there are other comics that, while still being...more

Defendant Sanctioned for Failing to Preserve Text Messages and Failing to Produce Native Format Data: eDiscovery Case Law

In First Financial Security, Inc. v. Freedom Equity Group, LLC, No. 15-1893 (N.D. Cal., Oct. 7, 2016), California Magistrate Judge Howard R. Lloyd issued permissive adverse inference instruction sanctions against the...more

Be an Analytics 50 Superstar: Revisit the Past in Your Data to Predict the Future

Studies show that it costs companies millions of dollars or more every time they re-review the same document that is part of a legal or compliance case. In fact, lawyers often review the same document dozens of times or...more

Not an LOL Matter: Court Provides Guidance on Steps Litigants Should Take to Preserve Text Messages

We’ve all been there. Your friends throw you in the pool with your phone in your pocket. You repeatedly slice your finger on shards of glass from your phone’s shattered screen. Or, maybe you forget your phone isn’t waterproof...more

Court Orders Forensic Examination of Key Custodian Computers: eDiscovery Case Law

In Davis v. Crescent Electric Company et. al., No. 12-5008 (D. S.D., Oct. 12, 2016), South Dakota District Judge Lawrence L. Piersol ruled that a non-disclosure agreement would sufficiently protect any and all confidential...more

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