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In-House Counsel May View “Outside Counsel Only” Documents

A federal magistrate judge in Trenton has allowed in-house counsel for a New Jersey corporation to view discovery documents designated for “outside counsel eyes only.” The ruling in Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC v. Breckenridge...more

Privilege Issues in the Media Firestorm

The situation has become all too familiar: an incident of prurient interest — whether actual or falsely alleged — goes viral on social media before university officials can even ascertain the names of the parties involved. ...more

Court Of Chancery Addresses M&A Discovery

Hamilton Partners L.P. v. Highland Capital Management L.P., C.A. 6547-VCN (February 2, 2016) - Discovery of financial information in M&A litigation, including appraisal actions, often involves two issues...more

Retooling Your Practice Under the New Rules with The Sedona Conference Institute: a Case Summary (Part 2)

Every year, The Sedona Conference Institute keeps us ahead of the e-discovery curve with panels such as the famous Case Law Update and Judicial Roundtable. This year’s Institute will be devoted to the changes in the Federal...more

New Jersey Federal Judge Says It’s Not So Easy to Preserve Confidentiality of Discovery Documents

Today’s case is about a second chance. We are talking about the dismal topic of document confidentiality. Many -- definitely too many -- documents are produced in mass tort litigations. Almost all those documents are...more

Disproportionate Discovery, Even in an MDL

Here’s a significant post-rules-amendments discovery decision out of the Xarelto MDL. In In re Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) Products Liability Litigation, 2016 WL 311762 (E.D. La. Jan. 26, 2016), the court (Fallon, J.) cited both...more

Credentials Materials Are Not Privileged Under the Health Care Professional Credentials Data Collection Act

The Illinois Supreme Court recently held in Klaine v. Southern Illinois Hospital Services, 2016 IL. 118217 that a physician’s application for hospital privileges, which included information obtained from the National...more

Groundhog Day: Don’t Get Stuck When Collecting New Data Types

February 2nd is Groundhog Day, and while we all know of the tradition of Punxsutawney Phil’s famous shadow forecasting the arrival of spring, many of us can’t help but think of the 1993 film starring Bill Murray. In it, he...more

E-Discovery Update: Jury Still Out on Whether New Federal Rules Will Significantly Impact Discovery

As noted in our December e-discovery update, the much-discussed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure became effective December 1, 2015. One of the most notable amendments was the limitation on the scope of...more

Is Discovery of Private Facebook Postings On Equal Footing With General Discovery Principles?

Are private Facebook postings entitled to more stringent protections from civil discovery? A significant string of New York Appellate Division decisions seemed to suggest that they are. But a divided panel in Forman v....more

The Shape of (Discovery) Things To Come?

We assume that all of our readers by now know that significant changes to the federal discovery rules went into effect on December 1, 2015. We’ve posted about them frequently. We’re not going to bore you by describing the...more

Timing Your Requests for Admission

One of many tactical decisions you need to make in litigation is when to serve requests for admission. Timing may be key to getting what you need. Here are your parameters...more

Court Applies New FRCP 26, Awards Production of Documents (Texas)

Carr v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 2015 WL 8010920 (N.D. Tex. Dec. 7, 2015) - In this auto accident case, the defendant sought to compel production regarding documents reflecting payments that the plaintiff...more

Three Things Every Employer Should Know About E-Discovery

E-discovery. If this word strikes terror into your heart, you are not alone. Already a formidable task, discovery became exponentially more onerous with the advent of modern technology. Instead of just looking through a file...more

Close Encounters of the eDiscovery Kind

Last week, two astronomers at CalTech predicted that a new planet is lurking at the edges of the solar system. They discovered the planet using computer simulations and mathematical calculations based on the planet’s...more

Amendments to FRCP 26(b) Put Significant Emphasis on Proportionality

Revisions to several key provisions of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure took effect on December 1, 2015, and will have a significant impact on discovery procedure and practice in federal court. The aim of these revisions...more

Rule 26: What’s New, What’s Old, and What Still Needs to be Litigated

The amendments to Rules 26(b)(1) and 26(b)(2)(C) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure have been in effect for almost two months now. They are expected to change the way lawyers manage discovery and the way courts resolve...more

Plaintiff Lacks Control of Employees’ Personal Accounts, Motion to Compel Denied (California)

Matthew Enter. v. Chrysler Grp., 2015 WL 8482256 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 10, 2015) - In this case, the defendant moved to compel additional ESI, including emails from employees’ corporate Gmail accounts and financial documents....more

Government Can Fail to Preserve Too, Court Awards Sanctions (New Jersey)

United States v. Vaughn, 2015 WL 6948577 (D. N.J. Nov. 10, 2015) - In this criminal case, a pro se defendant sought to dismiss the indictment and other sanctions for the government’s failure to preserve text messages...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending January 22, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Condition Precedent: providing a notice of the assignment of mortgage loan, as required by section 559.715, Florida Statutes, is not a condition precedent to filing a mortgage...more

Judge v. Attorney: Exterro Releases its 2nd Annual Federal Judges Survey

The digital age is sweet. The things that are a part of everyday life today were only sci-fi realities a few years ago. But the problem that comes with any age of advancement is the need for debate and analysis. Too often,...more

To Litigate or not to Litigate: Practical Considerations for Every Business

It should come as no surprise that business is booming in Silicon Valley, although with the growing number of businesses comes increased potential for conflict and litigation. Know that litigation is serious business. ...more

Mintz Levin 2nd Annual Employment Law Summit – Enhancing Workplace Diversity and Dispelling Myths Regarding Reverse Discrimination...

As wise employers focus strategic initiatives to enhance diversity and inclusion in the workplace, we periodically receive questions about limitations for proactive approaches in this area. To be clear, companies that...more

Guest Post -- It’s No Crime: Ninth Circuit Gets Crime-Fraud Exception Case Mostly Right

2016 is well underway and some of us have already abandoned our well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions. But for those who might be thinking about weight loss, here’s a cautionary tale with a pretty happy ending from our...more

Amended Federal Rules on Discovery to Impact Environmental Litigation

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were recently amended. Amongst the changes, perhaps the most significant are the changes to discovery under Rule 26. Previously, parties were entitled to conduct discovery regarding...more

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