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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

Judge Peck Provides a Rule 34 'Wake-Up Call' — Objections that Are Not Specific Are Waived

Fischer v. Forrest, No. 14 Civ. 1304, 1307 (PAE) (AJP), 2017 WL 773694 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 28, 2017). “It is time, once again, to issue a discovery wake-up call to the [b]ar in this District,” begins Magistrate Judge Andrew...more

A Common Interest Agreement May Not Be Worth the Paper It’s Written On

It is a very common practice for counsel to co-defendants or co-plaintiffs to enter into agreements that shield their communications. The agreements are expressions of intent that the communications will be protected by the...more

Advocacy in E-Discovery More Important Than Ever

In this day and age, advocacy starts with competence in ESI issues. An effective advocate must be able to assess e-discovery needs and issues, implement appropriate preservation procedures, advise clients on options for...more

Communications With Your Broker May Be Privileged

Are communications among a client, a third party, such as an insurance broker, and the client’s attorney privileged? The answer is yes, if the communications are confidential and reasonably necessary to accomplish the purpose...more

Fifth DCA Reaffirms Protections Against Surprise Tactics at Trial

This past January, Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal found that a trial court had committed reversible error by allowing a party to argue and present previously undisclosed expert testimony and evidence to the jury at...more

KCAB Celebrates Its Golden Jubliee with Expansion to Los Angeles

For court reporters, especially those working internationally, no two days are ever the same. We could be working on anything from an arbitration about plastic surgery, a court case about corruption, a deposition about...more

[Webinar] Key eDiscovery Trends and Case Law for 2017 – March 30th, 12:00pm CST

2016 was an important year in eDiscovery. Did you catch all of the important events and developments that occurred over the course of the year? If you didn’t, here is your chance to catch up! This webcast will cover key...more

Litigating Against a Former Employer for Additional Compensation

At the end of an employment relationship, a former employee may assert that he or she is entitled to additional compensation from a former employer. This could be, for example, in the form of bonus, commissions, or profit...more

Subject Access Requests: "not an obligation to leave no stone unturned"

The English Court of Appeal has ruled in two recent cases that subject access requests are generally valid, and businesses must comply with such requests, even if they are made for collateral purposes, such as collecting...more

Why Legal Directors are Bringing E-Discovery In-House: 6 Tips for Successfully Adopting E-Discovery Technology

The responsibilities of any corporate law department leader tasked with overseeing e-discovery, whether he or she carries the title of legal director or something similar, revolve around two core business objectives:...more

Communications Between Public Relations Firm and Counsel Held Not Privileged

Behunin v Superior Court, __ Cal. Rptr. 3d ___ 2017 WL 977095 (March 16, 2017) - Brief Summary - The Second District of the California Court of Appeal ruled that communications between counsel and a public relations...more

Depositions in China…and Disneyland? (Updated 2017)

At Planet Depos, we often receive inquiries from clients regarding depositions in China. While China is indeed a member of the Hague Evidence Convention, depositions are not permitted there....more

Communications between Counsel and PR Firm Hired by Counsel Held Discoverable

Counsel handling cases involving newsworthy facts and litigation often hire public relations (“PR”) consultants. In Nicholas Behunin v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County, 2017 DJDAR 2405 (No. B272225 March 14, 2017)...more

Arizona Courts Continue to Favor Arbitration

In Gullett v. Kindred Nursing Centers West, ___ Ariz. ___, 758 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 12 (App. 2017),the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that an arbitration agreement between a patient and a convalescent hospital was enforceable over...more

Judge Peck to Attorneys – Wake Up and Read Rule 34

It has been more than a year since the update to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and Judge Peck is losing patience with litigators who do not follow the “no-longer-new 2015 Amendments.” Recently, in Fischer v. Forrest,...more

March Mayhem: 5 Experts Conquer Their E-Discovery Pet Peeves

March Madness, Spring Fever, call it what you will, but this time of year tends to bring out the more “spirited” sides of our personalities. It’s also a time when our desire for the coming of spring is often dampened by the...more

Data on Data on Data

Meta Data – Meta What? Computers, Word documents, Excel spread sheets and internet searches have become as ubiquitous with the practice of law as rows of dusty books and libraries once were (and depending on who you ask,...more

EDiscovery Muscle Memory Maximizes Efficiency

My oldest son is currently practicing his clarinet because he wants to go to a local magnet school. Practice makes perfect has become a consistent refrain in my household. While he doesn’t always enjoy the practice, he knows...more

The Sedona Conference Issues Helpful and Important Commentary on the Proportionality Concept Applicable to Electronic Discovery

Action Item: The following set of six principles proposed by the Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production should serve as practical guidance for litigants adhering to the proportionality...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Discovery Objections

For some time now, the Court of Chancery has told litigants that objections to documents requests should be specific, not generic and boilerplate. This decision thoroughly addresses the case law on this issue, with numerous...more

CAFA, PART II?

In February 2017, Representative Goodlatte introduced the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017. The Act, as with its 2015 predecessor, covers a lot of ground. It permits certification of damages classes only where...more

File Sharing Sites and Inadvertent Waiver

In connection with a declaratory judgment lawsuit wherein the Harleysville Insurance Company sought a ruling that it did not have to pay a loss claim for an October 2014 fire at a funeral home, United States Magistrate Judge...more

Property Reserve Aftermath: Discovery Available in Right of Entry Cases & Young’s Market Co.

When the California Supreme Court issued its ruling on Property Reserve v. Superior Court, handing a substantial victory to public agencies, we were given three key takeaways: (1) the “Right of Entry” statutes (CCP §1245.010...more

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