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S.D.N.Y. Issues Spoliation Sanctions Against Foot Locker

The sanctions recently levied against Foot Locker serve as a potent reminder that understanding data and document preservation requirements is imperative. A New York federal judge issued sanctions against Foot Locker last...more

Court Finds Communications With Reinsurers Discoverable In Coverage Dispute

A federal court in Minnesota determined that an umbrella insurer’s communications with its reinsurers are discoverable in a coverage dispute. The case is titled National Union v. Donaldson Co., and the focus is on the scope...more

The New Rule 37(e) Pushes Forward

The proposed revision of Rule 37(e), which recently cleared another hurdle in the rulemaking process, could dramatically limit the exposure companies face from spoliation claims. It may also go too far....more

Ediscovery Portfolio Tracking: Don’t Fall Asleep at the Wheel!

As we’ve stated before, many organizations and law firms spend a significant amount of time and money creating and recreating the ediscovery process as each case arises. Thankfully, the multi-matter management approach (also...more

In re Rural Metro Corp. S’holder Litig., C.A. No. 6350-VCL (Del. Ch. Dec. 17, 2013) (Laster, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery declined to reopen the trial record and granted a plaintiffs’ motion to exclude post-trial evidence proffered by a defendant. In reaching its conclusion, the Court found that...more

The Relationship Status of Social Media Evidence and Ethics

Our social media posts reveal a lot about us and, while there are control mechanisms for keeping information private, there is a wealth of information readily discoverable. This makes the Internet fertile ground for lawyers...more

Contrasting U.S. Litigation And International Arbitration

American litigators know that there is often a tortuous road between the filing of the complaint and trial. The parties’ positions, and how each side views the facts, tend to evolve through the initial pleadings, amended...more

10 Things You Didn’t Know About EDiscovery

From 1936 to 1938, German inventor Konrad Zuse built the first modern computer... in his parents’ living room. The world’s first data protection act was adopted in Germany in 1970. In 1970, the US Federal Rules...more

BYOD: Party Essentials for Corporations and Employees

The need to stay connected these days applies not only to our social universe, but also to our business universe. The result is a trend known as “bring your own device” or “BYOD.” BYOD is the practice where employees use...more

Post Summer Part 5 of 5 - Continuing the Discovery

Last week began this series of five posts to highlight five developments from this past summer in the area of social media and employment law. In the final Part 5 today: The discoverability of private social media posts in...more

The Nuts And Bolts Of Social Media Discovery

I recently addressed the general implications of the Stored Communications Act on locating and retrieving electronic evidence in a Law360 article entitled “A Hurdle to Obtaining Electronic Evidence.” As explained by the Ninth...more

Reinsurance Newsletter - September 2013: Delaware Court Approves Of Discovery Order Granting And Denying In Part Motion To Compel...

Mine Safety Appliances Co. v. AIU Ins. Co., C.A. No. 10C-07-241 MMJ, 2013 Del. Super. LEXIS 229 (Del. Super. Ct. Jun. 6, 2013). A Delaware state trial court approved a Special Discovery Master’s memorandum opinion and...more

Massachusetts Court Allows Consideration of Extrinsic Evidence

In its recent decision in BioChemics, Inc. v. AXIS Reinsurance Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111218 (D. Mass. Aug. 7, 2013), the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts had occasion to consider when an...more

What Is The Difference Between An Adverse Sanction And An Adverse Instruction?

In the world of discovery, including e-discovery, the production of evidence at trial is necessary to prove or defend a case....more

Patent Office Litigation Update: IPR Discovery and Evidentiary PTAB Decisions [Video]

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has published six representative decisions and orders that deal with discovery and evidentiary issues in inter partes review proceedings. In this video, Jon E. Wright, director at the...more

Rogers Towers: Commencing Proceedings Supplementary to Recover Fraudulent Transfers

Proceedings supplementary are intended to be a speedy and relatively inexpensive means by which a judgment creditor can recover fraudulent transfers from third parties. Unlike conventional suits, proceedings supplementary do...more

Federal Procedure Update - 2012

I. FEDERAL PROCEDURE - A. Overview of Article. The purpose of this article is to provide summaries and brief discussion of significant recent cases from the United States Supreme Court, the United States Circuit...more

Whether and when to mediate employment disputes -- Effective mediation can keep companies focused on the marketplace, not the...

Too often the work of in-house counsel resembles the triage department of a hospital emergency room: Attend to the most immediate crisis and hope the routine complaints quiet themselves with the passage of time. Whether and...more

First Department Upholds Commercial Division Decision Striking Parties' Answer And Entering Default Judgment As A Sanction For...

In Suffolk P.E.T. Mgt., LLC v. Anand, 2013 NY Slip Op 02335 (First Dep’t April 4, 2013), the Appellate Division, First Department affirmed an Order by the Supreme Court, New York County Commercial Division (Bernard J. Fried,...more

[Legal Perspective] When Is It NOT Okay to Delete Your Social Media Account? [Video]

Is it ever NOT okay to delete your social media account? That's the question we ask in this JD Supra Legal Perspective. And for an answer, we look at recent coverage of a case in which an airline worker in New Jersey...more

No, You Can’t Deactivate Your Facebook Account When Litigation Is Pending

A federal magistrate judge in New Jersey recently sanctioned a plaintiff for evidence spoliation after he deactivated his Facebook account during litigation, resulting in its permanent deletion by Facebook after 14 days...more

Employee and Inventor Witnesses in Patent Trials: The Blurry Line Between Expert and Lay Testimony

Parties in patent infringement lawsuits frequently must choose a witness to explain complex or scientific technology behind an invention or an accused product that sits at the heart of a claim or a defense. Often, the parties...more

Spoliation Sanction For Deactivating Facebook Account

In a recent decision from the District of New Jersey, Gatto v. United Air Lines, Inc, et al., No. 10-cv-1090, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 41909 (D.N.J. March 25, 2013), the Court found that the Plaintiff had destroyed and/or failed...more

Another reason to coordinate discovery in parallel litigation – circumvention in section 1782 requests

The pressures of global litigation have forced litigants to further consider how, when, and where they will obtain discovery. Under developing case law, litigants involved in related litigations in different venues should...more

Social Media in Litigation

The first quarter of 2013 was among the busiest yet for developments in the use of social media in litigation. First, courts have continued to weigh in on the extent to which a party can obtain discovery of an opposing...more

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