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Massachusetts High Court Paves Way for Employees to Engage in ‘Self-Help’ Discovery

The highest court in Massachusetts has ruled that, in certain instances, an employee can access and obtain an employer’s records in order to support a claim of employment discrimination. Verdrager v. Mintz Levin, No....more

5 Simple Ways Construction Companies Can Reduce E-Discovery Costs

Almost any construction project carries the potential for disputes, which all too often lead to litigation and associated costs. As litigation costs increase, they eat into potential recovery or limit defense strategies....more

Excluded Evidence: Is Your Proffer Sufficient To Preserve The Error?

Just because you know what your excluded evidence would have shown does not mean that the trial court knows and, as importantly for appellate purposes, that the appellate court can glean from the record the substance of the...more

Choice of Law Principles in Cross-Border Privilege Disputes: Whose Law Applies?

The Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine in the United States and Abroad - The attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine are important and well-known concepts to nearly every lawyer in the...more

To Demur or Not to Demur?

A demurrer can be an excellent tool to challenge the legal sufficiency of allegations in an opponent’s pleadings. In deciding whether to demur to a complaint, defense counsel should consider not only whether a demurrable...more

Judge Totenberg Grants Stay of Litigation Pending IPR Proceeding

ETS-Lindgren, Inc. (“ETS”), as the assignee of U.S. Patent No. 8,331,869 ("the '869 patent") pertaining to testing wireless devices, brought an infringement action against MVG, Inc. (“MVG”), on May 28, 2015. MVG petitioned...more

Why Speed Matters in Determining Your E-Discovery Workflow

Accelerating the pace of e-discovery improves early case assessment workflows and prevents stress on court day. Often overlooked in e-discovery is speed. Traditionally, e-discovery was measured in days, weeks and months....more

New York and North Carolina Take a Narrow Approach to Common Interest Doctrine

Brief Summary - The "common interest doctrine" generally protects attorney-client communications, even if such communications are disclosed to a third party, as long as the third party shares a common legal interest with...more

HIPAA Does Not Preempt Statutory Right to Ex Parte Interviews of Treating Physicians in Tennessee Health Care Liability Actions

A key tool for the defense of medical providers in Tennessee facing malpractice liability has been held to be not preempted by federal law. On June 3, 2016, the Tennessee Court of Appeals, in Caldwell v. Baptist Memorial...more

The Failure to Issue a Legal Hold Can Cause a Case to Crash and Burn

Bruner v. Am. Honda Motor Co., No. 1:15-00499-N, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62810 (S.D. Ala. May 12, 2016). Where a defendant had never initiated a legal hold and had been continuously deleting e-mails since litigation began,...more

I am not a Crook: Avoiding the Politics of Data Preservation with a Defensible E-Discovery Process

Of course we've all heard about Hillary's emails, and Trump certainly has email trouble of his own. For a while, Politwoops kept track of mistweets and other online regrets even after they were deleted until Twitter (and...more

Latest on Personal Jurisdiction – Using Bauman To Quash Third-Party Subpoenas

In updating our post-Bauman personal jurisdiction cheat sheet, we recently came across an interesting application of Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S.Ct. 746 (2014) – lack of general personal jurisdiction requiring that a...more

‘Sorry, But You Have Nothing in Common’: The New York Court of Appeals’ Recent Rejection of the ‘Common Interest Doctrine’...

The New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, recently rejected an attempt to apply the “common interest doctrine,” an exception to the general rule that communicating privileged information to a third party...more

ICYMI: Ediscovery in China [Webinar]

The Implications of China’s Regulatory Framework - Unlike the United States, China does not have formal discovery practices in civil litigation, which presents initial contentions between these legal systems on opposite...more

Amended Rules Five Months Later: Early Trends in Case Law and What It Means

The amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure have been in effect since December. It didn't take long for the courts to cite them with a steady stream of opinions beginning with CAT3, LLC v. Black Lineage and Gilead...more

"The E-Discovery Digest - June 2016"

The fourth edition of The E-Discovery Digest focuses on recent decisions addressing the scope and application of the attorney-client privilege and work-product doctrine, spoliation, cost shifting and other e-discovery...more

Would a Technology by Any Other Name Smell As Sweet?

What’s in a name? Many of us tend to use terms such as artificial intelligence, technology-assisted review (TAR), and predictive coding interchangeably, because there is no single vocabulary governing the field, particularly...more

Amended Rules Five Months Later: Early Trends in Case Law and What It Means  [Video]

The amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure have been in effect since December. It didn't take long for the courts to cite them with a steady stream of opinions. The first opinion arrived with CAT3, LLC v. Black...more

Want Sanctions? Establish That Relevant Information Was Actually Lost

FiTeq, Inc. v. Venture Corp., No. 13-cv-01946-BLF, 2016 WL 1701794 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 28, 2016). In an order disposing of eleven motions in limine, the court denied the plaintiff’s request for sanctions from alleged...more

Help Yourself: Mass. Court Approves Employee’s Self-Help Discovery in Discrimination Case

The Massachusetts Supreme Court has ruled that an attorney’s search for confidential firm documents in an effort to prove a discrimination claim against her employer may constitute protected activity. The Court, in Verdrager...more

Really? Viable Retaliation Claim for MA Employee Terminated For Secretly Searching Company Files

Seyfarth Synopsis: An employer terminated an employee for secretly searching for confidential documents on her employer’s computer system to use against the employer as part of a discrimination complaint. Massachusetts’...more

Caution: Sealed Package – There Is More At Risk Than Unsealing

Parties litigating in courts across the country routinely file some documents under seal as a matter of course. Sealing filed documents often is a practical necessity – parties need not disclose certain confidential...more

A Development in Trade-Secret Cases

The big trade-secret case, Southwestern Energy v. Berry-Helfand, has been worked over by the Texas Supreme Court. Highlights: - Lack of certainty in damages does not preclude recovery. - A “Flexible and...more

Filing of Cancellation Prior to Registration’s Fifth Anniversary Allows Later Addition of Otherwise Time-Barred Non-use Claim

Ashland Licensing & Intellectual Property LLC (“Ashland”) petitioned on June 6, 2013, to cancel two registrations owned by Sunpoint International Group USA Corp. (“Sunpoint”). Following discovery, Ashland moved to amend to...more

E-discovery and the Duty to Preserve

If you’re involved in a suit in federal court, then the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure apply to you. Rule 26(b) provides, among other things, that parties may obtain discovery regarding any non-privileged matter that is...more

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