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Zapproved’s Brad Harris on Fundamentals of a Good Evidentiary Preservation Plan

The duty to preserve evidence is well established; litigants must take reasonable steps to ensure information is not deleted or altered once the duty arises. The duty to preserve applies equally to both plaintiff and...more

Getting Your Client Ready for Deposition

For most clients, being questioned in a deposition is a new and frightening experience. The more you can do to prepare your client, the better he or she will feel and perform. When it comes to instructing your client on how...more

Discovery Obligations – Identification

This is the second blog in our series regarding the obligations to preserve, identify and collect all relevant and material records in litigation or during an investigation. Earlier this year we wrote about the importance of...more

Delaware Court Allows Some Claims To Proceed In Data Breach Subrogation Action

Earlier this month, a Delaware state court dismissed multiple implied-warranty claims in a subrogation lawsuit against cybersecurity company Trustwave Corp., but allowed discovery to proceed on certain claims. The suit...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending May 13 & May 20, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Contracts/Personal Liability: official title of “President” underneath signor’s signature on contract did not shield individual from personal liability because contract language reflected...more

Have More TAR with Your Tea and Crumpets, Please

In February, we wrote about Pyrrho Investments Ltd. v. MWB Property Ltd., a case before the High Court of Justice—Chancery Division, in which the parties had agreed to use technology-assisted review (TAR) as their document...more

I’ve Made a Huge Mistake: Intentional Destruction of ESI is No Illusion

In season three of the series Arrested Development, episode 11 finds George Bluth, Sr. unsurprisingly using a giant electromagnet in an attempt to delete electronic computer files, which could potentially indict him for...more

Five Ways to Survive a Department of Labor (“DOL”) Health and Welfare Plan Investigation

DOL health and welfare plan investigations are on the rise. There are best practices for plans chosen for investigation: 1. Get Employee Benefits Counsel Involved Early. The DOL investigation process generally...more

Eleventh Circuit Clarifies When Statute Of Limitations Clock Starts Ticking For Driver’s Privacy Protection Act Claims

On May 19, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the dismissal of Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (“DPPA”) claims because they were time barred under the statute of limitations. ...more

Non-Party Document Discovery in Arbitration: Does It Exist?

Limited discovery (and the associated cost savings) is often touted as one of the benefits of arbitration over traditional litigation. Parties are generally confident that even the scaled-back discovery devices available in...more

Use of Company Policies To Establish The Violation of A Fiduciary Duty

Plaintiffs often seek discovery on a financial institution’s policies and procedures with an eye towards using that evidence against the institution. If a financial institution’s representative or representatives did not live...more

Wielding a Motion for Protective Order as a Defensive Tool

Plaintiffs’ requested discovery is always too broad and burdensome, and the information defendants produce are always too narrow and few. This is a common theme across almost every patent case filed in the nation, often...more

Before You Push Play – Important Considerations When Using Videotaped Depositions at Trial

Videotaped depositions can be an effective trial tool. When using video at trial, however, attorneys must remain mindful of the court record. Often, especially for long excerpts, court reporters at trial do not see the need...more

E-Discovery — Are custodial collections none of your business?

The party receiving discovery requests in litigation has the job of trying to understand the locations of potentially responsive data and documents; determining the identity of key custodians; and determining the most...more

Will Discovery Unlock Your Claim File? Federal or State Court Jurisdiction Could Make The Difference

Differences between federal court and state court procedure can be important for insurers that find themselves involved in “bad faith” litigation. If a lawsuit alleging extracontractual claims is filed in federal court, or...more

Electronic Data Too Difficult to Assemble? Too Bad. (Missouri)

Labrier v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 61246 (W.D. Mo. May 9, 2016) In this insurance law case, the defendant asked the court to vacate a Special Master’s discovery order. The plaintiff brought this...more

TCPA Team Scores Win For Dorsey Client: Court Prohibits Plaintiff From Seeking Deposition Testimony on Unrelated Prior Complaints

On May 18, 2016, Dorsey’s Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) team scored a major victory on behalf of one of its financial services clients when the District Court for the Middle District of Florida granted its...more

Federal Court Travels “Wayback” and Takes Judicial Notice of Internet Archive

Trademark attorneys often must determine when a third-party used a mark in commerce and the extent and nature of such use, particularly when considering whether to take legal action against a third party for the unauthorized...more

The Taskatron: It Slices and Dices, but will it Optimize Your Legal Process?

We all know what a time saver technology can be. But sometimes, the very thing that's supposed to make our lives easier ends up creating more work than the original task at hand. Often times, Project Management tools can feel...more

Looking to Gather Evidence in the US? Here's How to Get it Done.

It’s an often overlooked fact that non-US litigants can use the United States’ broad discovery regime to gather evidence for non-US proceedings. For foreign applicants, US discovery laws essentially create a way to obtain...more

You Can’t Delete and You Can’t “Hide” (New York)

Thurmond v. Bowman, 2016 WL 1295957 (W.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2016) - In this Fair Housing Act case, the defendants motioned for sanctions against the plaintiff for deleting Facebook posts. The plaintiff argued that the posts...more

Tips for Dealing with a Difficult Deponent

If you take depositions, it’s inevitable that you’ll encounter deponents who are difficult to question. In addition to maintaining a professional manner, consider using one or more of the following strategies, based on the...more

The Butterfly Effect: eDiscovery in Government Investigations and Why Small Tweaks May Have Great Impacts

In the context of civil litigation, the rules governing eDiscovery may not be crystal clear (especially in light of the recent amendments to the Federal Rules), but at least there is ample guidance available. Counsel can...more

Court Holds High Bar for Imposing Sanctions under Rule 37(e) (Texas)

Orchestratehr, Inc. v. Trombetta, 2016 WL 1555784 (N.D. Tex. Apr. 18, 2016) - In this case regarding a non-compete agreement, plaintiffs motioned for sanctions against one of the defendants for deleting emails which they...more

Litigants Need to Prove Existence of Missing Data for FRCP 37(e) Sanctions California

FiTeq Inc. v. Venture Corp., 2016 WL 1701794 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 28, 2016) - In this contract law case, the plaintiff moved for sanctions against the defendant for failing to produce emails related to the litigation. Namely,...more

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