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Golden Rule: Be Kind To Others… Even In Discovery

Discovery can bring the best of times and worst of times. I recently had a case dismissed outright the morning after a deposition because the information obtained by the witnesses was so helpful to our defense of the case....more

E-discovery Is Hard

Catchy blog titles are usually hard too, but not this one. Discovery of electronically stored information (“ESI”) is just plain difficult. If you are lucky, it does not come up in your case at all. Or, the parties agree that...more

Additional Discovery Relating to Real Party in Interest

In VMware, Inc. v. Good Technology Software, Inc., IPR2014-01324, Paper 11 (October 20, 2014), the Board allowed the patent owner to move for additional discovery regarding the real party in interest, one of the few topics...more

Social Media Pitfalls In Divorce

These days social media is ubiquitous. Everyone, young and old, enjoys some form of social media — from Facebook to Twitter to Instagram– we are all spending significant time posting our life happenings, likes and dislikes,...more

SCOVA Refuses to Incorporate Prior Discovery Rulings from Previous Non-suited Action

In Temple v. Mary Washington Hospital, Inc., et al., Record No. 131754 (Sept. 12, 2014), the Supreme Court of Virginia opined on an obscure, yet significant, issue related to the common practice of incorporating discovery by...more

PTAB Designates Two Recent Decisions as Informative

Garmin Int’l, Inc., et al. v. Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC; Idle Free Systems, Inc. v. Bergstrom, Inc. - The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) recently designated as “informative” two decisions earlier released...more

Patent Owner Allowed to Request Discovery about Petitioner’s Testing

In Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd. v. Enplas Corporation, IPR2014-00605, Paper 13 (October 16, 2014), the Board authorized the Patent Owner to move for additional discovery about testing that Petitioner conducted. ...more

Colorado Supreme Court Protects Quality Management Privilege for CDPHE-Licensed Providers

Colorado hospitals and other licensed and certified health care facilities scored a significant victory on October 14, when the Colorado Supreme Court issued its en banc ruling in Simpson v. Cedar Springs Hospital, Inc. (2014...more

PTAB Offers Guidance Regarding Discovery in Inter Partes Reviews

Still confused about how much discovery you will be able to obtain in an IPR? Fear not, as two of the PTAB’s Administrative Patent Judges have weighed in with a primer on inter partes review discovery. ...more

The Decade of Discovery: Coming Soon to a City Near You

Traversing the infamous Hollywood Walk of Fame elicits visions of glitz and glamour, a street afire with opening nights, leading ladies and leading men, iconic directors and prolific producers, and films that place marked key...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Unravel Procedural Tangle in Internet Posting Case

Our previews of the newest additions to the Illinois Supreme Court’s civil docket continue with Hadley v. Subscriber Doe. Hadley is a defamation case arising from an anonymous internet posting, but that issue comes wrapped in...more

Are Attorney-Expert Communications Discoverable in Pennsylvania? (Almost never) -- Some Clarity from the Appellate Courts

In Pennsylvania, testifying experts usually are not deposed before trial; typically, their written reports are provided in advance of trial and delineate the substance and scope of their testimony. Attorneys often wish to...more

Quasi Anton Piller Orders – Ho v Fordyce

In the recent judgment of Ho v Fordyce (ex parte) [2014] NSWSC 1404, the plaintiffs were granted relief similar to an Anton Piller order; namely, orders for access to and the making of copies of material on the defendant’s...more

Discovery Order Issued in “SolarCity” Cash Grant Litigation — Treasury to Provide Benchmarking Materials

On October 6, 2014, Judge Eric G. Bruggink of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims issued an order on the disputed production of documents and interrogatory responses requested from the U.S. Department of the Treasury by...more

The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease--You Won’t Get Fees if You Don’t Complain Early

Stragent, LLC v. Intel Corp. - Applying recent standards for determining whether a case is “exceptional” under Octane Fitness for purposes of awarding fees, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas...more

Predictive Coding Sanctioned as an "Expedited and Efficient" Discovery Method by the United States Tax Court

The volume of electronically stored information (“ESI”) has exploded, often making discovery prohibitively expensive. Supporters of “predictive coding” champion it as a way to reduce significantly the cost of discovery....more

One Hurdle Remains for the Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

On September 16, 2014, the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure approved the proposed slate of amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The proposed amendments include changes to two...more

Lightning Strikes and Patent Owner Gets Additional Discovery

In Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. v. Black Hills Media, LLC, IPR2014-00717, Paper 17, IPR2014-00735, Paper 17 (October 2, 2014), the patent owner presented sufficient information to call into question whether Google was also a...more

Tread Lightly: eDiscovery Greed May Leave You With None At All

On July 14, 2014, the Court in United States v. University of Nebraska at Kearny (No. 4:11CV3209) took a significant step in support of Federal Rules 1 and 26. Magistrate Judge Cheryl R. Zwart denied plaintiff’s motion to...more

Technology-Assisted Review Is Not an “Unproven Technology”

During discovery in Dynamo Holdings Limited Partnership, Petitioner v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, the IRS filed a motion to compel two taxpayers to produce two backup storage tapes, copies of the tapes, or their...more

Court Allows Use of Predictive Coding, but Says It Shouldn’t Have To (Texas)

Dynamo Holdings v. Comm’r, Nos. 2685-11, 8393-12, 2014 U.S. Tax Ct. LEXIS 40 (U.S. Tax Sept. 17, 2014). In this tax law case, the defendant requested the plaintiff produce two backup storage tapes. The plaintiff...more

Focus on Tax Controversy - Fall 2014

Supreme Court to Hear Tax Injunction Act Case - On August 20, 2013, in Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that the federal Tax Injunction Act (TIA) prohibited...more

Attorney Labor For Preparing CEQA Administrative Record Is Recoverable Cost Where Specialized Knowledge Required, Holds Fourth...

In a partially-published opinion filed September 29, 2014, the Fourth District Court of Appeal affirmed an order and judgment permitting the County of San Diego to recover actual labor costs incurred for an attorney and...more

Missing Transmittal Envelope Was Not The Intentional Spoliation Of Evidence Justifying Indiana Tax Court’s Dismissal Of Income Tax...

An Indiana gambler lost another hand in the latest ruling by the Tax Court on his continuing discovery disputes with the Indiana Department of Revenue. On September 18th the Court denied Nick Popovich’s motion for default...more

Shoddy Mobile Device Use Policy and Failure to Institute Litigation Hold Leads to Default Judgment and Hefty Sanctions (Nevada)

Small v. Univ. Med. Ctr. of S. Nev., No. 2:13-cv-00298-APG-PAL, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114406 (D. Nev. Aug. 18, 2014). In this employment law dispute, the court appointed a special master to resolve discovery issues....more

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