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Court Affirms Sanctions Order Against Fiduciary Due To Discovery Abuses

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In Eng v. Kolbe, a mother sued her daughter for abusing a power of attorney document. No. 03-15-00409-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 2680 (Tex. App.—Austin March 30, 2017). The daughter was assisting her aging parents with their...more

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger Reignites Discussions of Federal Courts’ Inherent Authority

In recent years, discussions regarding the contours of a federal court’s inherent authority to sanction litigants for bad-faith behavior have been heating up faster than a defective tire at highway speeds. In the 2015...more

The Supreme Court - April 18, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Coventry Health Care of Missouri, Inc. v. Nevils, No. 16-149: The Office of Personnel Management (“OPM”) is authorized under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act of 1959 (“FEHBA”), 5 U.S.C. §8901 et seq., to contract...more

Congressional Overhaul of Class Action Procedure Pending Senate Consideration

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

As class action litigation has continued to proliferate, we have seen efforts to rein in the perceived abuses of the system on multiple fronts. Over a decade ago, Congress passed the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA)...more

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

District Court Find No Federal Question Jurisdiction In Action Challenging Arbitration Award Based On Arbitrator Bias

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A federal court has rejected the attempt of the losing party in an arbitration to engage in discovery regarding the potential bias of the arbitrator, finding that it had no jurisdiction over the matter because it did not...more

Senate to Debate Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act

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A piece of federal legislation reflects a significant effort by Congress to curb perceived abuses of the federal class action procedure. The legislation is the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 – on March 9...more

Thoughts on the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017

A fair amount of attention has been given in the legal media to the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017, H.R. 985, which has passed the House of Representatives and is currently under consideration by the Senate....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

Proposed Legislation May Significantly Limit Class Action Litigation in Federal Court

Twelve years after he introduced the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has introduced the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 (“the Act”), which would significantly change the...more

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

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

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

Big Changes Could Be Coming in Class Action Litigation

On February 10, 2017, U.S. Rep. and House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Bob Goodlatte (R-Va), introduced a new version of his Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 (H.R. 985) (the "Act"). The Act, while bearing the...more

Class Action Fairness Act Author Introduces New Bill That Would Drastically Reform Class Action Litigation

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the author of the Class Action Fairness Act, introduced the “Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017” last week that would substantially change class action...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

Court Orders Plaintiff to Produce Native Format Version of Email Potentially Altered: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Lifetouch National School Studios, Inc. v. Roles, No. 3:15-cv-234 (W.D. P.A., Dec. 15, 2016), Pennsylvania District Judge Kim R. Gibson granted the portion of the defendant’s motion to compel associated with the request...more

Judge Cuts Over $10M from Attorney Fees Due to Use of Temporary Attorneys for Document Review: eDiscovery Case Law

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The use of temporary associates for document review (and billing at normal staff associate rates) caused a federal judge in Manhattan to reduce the request for attorney fees by $10.3 million in a settlement of a securities...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

2016 eDiscovery Case Law Year in Review, Part 2

by CloudNine on

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

506913 N.B. Ltd.: Jarndyce v. Jarndyce Revisited

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On a procedural motion in 506913 N.B. Ltd. v. The Queen (2016 TCC 286), the Tax Court ordered the Respondent to answer all questions refused on discovery, reattend at a further discovery, and pay the Appellant’s costs on the...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

Court Orders Defendant to Produce Additional ESI Responsive to 78 “Unopposed” Search Terms: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Venturdyne, Ltd. d/b/a Scientific Dust Collectors v. Carbonyx, Inc., d/b/a Carbonyx Carbon Technologies, et. al., No. 14-00351 (N.D. Ind., Nov. 15, 2016), Indiana District Judge John E. Martin ordered the defendant to...more

Using ADR to Streamline the Complex Case

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Handling complex or “bet the company” litigation in a cost effective and timely manner is often a significant challenge for litigation counsel. These cases frequently have secondary and collateral issues that take on a...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

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

Hundreds of Objections Later, Indiana Tax Court Awards Attorney’s Fees in Income Tax Appeal; Court Dismisses Untimely Assessment...

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

In two opinions issued March 7, 2016, the Indiana Tax Court dealt another hand in the ongoing (and seemingly never-ending) discovery dispute between Gambler Nick Popovich and the Department of Revenue, awarding Popovich...more

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