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The Seven Commandments of Proportionality in ESI*

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In In Re State Farm Lloyds, (Texas Supreme Court [May 26, 2017] 2017 WL 2323099), the Supreme Court of Texas elaborated on the standard applied to evaluate and resolve production disputes. Specifically, the Court opined...more

Employers Litigating PAGA Actions Take Hit From California Supreme Court

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In a unanimous decision, the California Supreme Court ruled today that plaintiffs in lawsuits brought pursuant to the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), can seek the contact information for their fellow...more

Bullet-Point Update: The Latest in Electronic and Federal Court Discovery Issues

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Cloud Computing - Use this to convince your clients that their cloud storage will be discoverable: PC Connection, Inc. v. Mereos, 2017 WL 1078121 (D. Md. March 22, 2017)(Awarding emergency injunction requiring independent...more

Court Limits Burden for Defendant to Search Loan Numbers, Splits Costs Between Parties: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Phoenix Light SF Ltd. v. Deutsche Bank Nat’l Trust Co., No. 14cv10103 (JGK)(DF) (S.D.N.Y. June 5, 2017), New York Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman granted the plaintiffs’ motion to compel in part, ordering the defendant to...more

Court Compels Discovery Of Reinsurance Allocation Information

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In an action involving claims under facultative reinsurance for the reinsurance of asbestos risks, the reinsurer sought discovery of documents concerning the allocation of losses among the reinsurers on the program, and...more

The E-Discovery Digest - June 2017

The seventh 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, and discovery responses....more

Legal Right Supersedes Physical Possession When It Comes to Control of ESI, Court Rules: eDiscovery Case Law

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In First American Bankcard, Inc. v. Smart Business Technology, Inc., et. al., No. 15-638 (E.D. La., May 24, 2017), Louisiana Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Wilkinson, Jr. granted the Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel Discovery and for...more

Eastern District of Texas Latest Court to Criticize "Subject To" Language in Discovery Objections

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The Eastern District of Texas recently criticized a party's statement in its written discovery responses that it would produce documents "subject to" its objections. See Realpage, Inc. v. Enterprise Risk Control, LLC, No....more

Court Balances the Realities of Social Media Discovery in Personal Injury Case

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Case Summary Reveals Court’s Opinion on Social Media for Discovery - Gordon v. T.G.R. Logistics, Inc., No. 16-CV-00238-NDF, 2017 WL 1947537 (D. Wyo. May 10, 2017). In this personal injury case, the court struck a...more

Despite Parties’ “Significant Animosity”, Court Orders Them to Meet and Confer: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Elhannon LLC v. F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Co., No. 2:14-cv-262 (D. Vermont, Apr. 18, 2017), Vermont District Judge William K. Sessions, III granted in part and denied in part the plaintiff’s renewed motion to compel,...more

Australian Court Approves Use of U.S. 28 USC § 1782

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For the first time, the Federal Court of Australia has allowed the applicants in an Australian proceeding to make applications for orders under 28 USC § 1782. In Lavecky v Visa Inc [2017] FCA 454 ("Lavecky"), the applicants...more

Court Orders Specific Discovery After Complete ‘Breakdown’ Between Parties

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In Bird v. Wells Fargo, the Court Orders Specific Discovery After Process Breaks Down - Bird v. Wells Fargo Bank, No. 16-1130 (E.D. Cal. Mar. 31, 2017). In this case, the discovery process broke down so completely...more

Texas Supreme Court Denies Request for Mandamus Relief without Prejudice Over Native File Production: eDiscovery Case Law

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In the case In Re State Farm Lloyds, Relator, Nos. 15-0903, 15-0905 (Tex. Sup. Ct. May 26, 2017), the Texas Supreme Court, in an opinion delivered by Justice Eva M. Guzman, denied the petitions for writ of mandamus without...more

Court Approves Defendant’s Proposed Random Sampling Production Plan: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Duffy v. Lawrence Memorial Hospital, No. 14-2256 (D. Kansas, Mar. 31, 2017), Kansas Magistrate Judge Teresa J. James granted the Motion to Modify Discovery Order from the defendant (and counterclaimant), where it asked the...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - April 2017"

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine a district court ruling against Wendy's that continues a shift toward an increase in merchants' data protection responsibilities and the Article 29 Working...more

Is There A "Secret Rule" In The NC Business Court Regarding Motions To Compel?

by Brooks Pierce on

Thinking of filing a Motion to Compel in the NC Business Court? You might want to file it before the close of the discovery period, even though there is no Business Court Rule establishing a deadline for doing so....more

UPS avoids undue burden in Solo v. UPS e-discovery case

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Solo v. United Parcel Serv (UPS). Co., No. 14-12719, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3275 (E.D. Mich. Jan. 10, 2017). The court denied the full extent of the data that the plaintiff, Joe Solo, requested in its motion to compel,...more

Is Your Arbitration Agreement Enforceable?

by Snell & Wilmer on

Health care providers may favor arbitration due to the perception that it is a faster, less expensive alternative to litigation. State and federal policy favors arbitration for the same reasons.  Because of the strong public...more

Court Denies Untimely Motion to Compel Production of Text Messages: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Healthwerks, Inc. et. al. v. Stryker Spine, et. al., No. 14-93 (E.D. Wisc., Mar. 6, 2017), Wisconsin District Judge Pamela Pepper denied a motion to compel production of text messages issued by the plaintiffs and third...more

Defendant Not Required to Modify Production After Plaintiff Fails to Demonstrate Prejudice: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Excel Enterprises, LLC v. Winona PVD Coatings, LLC, No. 3:16-cv-19-WCL-MGG (N.D. Ind., Feb. 17, 2017), Indiana Magistrate Judge Michael G. Gotsch, Sr. ruled that despite the fact that the defendant failed to demonstrate...more

A Common Interest Agreement May Not Be Worth the Paper It’s Written On

by Wilson Elser on

It is a very common practice for counsel to co-defendants or co-plaintiffs to enter into agreements that shield their communications. The agreements are expressions of intent that the communications will be protected by the...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Discovery Objections

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For some time now, the Court of Chancery has told litigants that objections to documents requests should be specific, not generic and boilerplate. This decision thoroughly addresses the case law on this issue, with numerous...more

California Court Compels Defendant to Re-Produce Electronically Stored Information in Format Requested by Plaintiffs

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A California federal trial court has granted the plaintiffs’ motion to compel re-production of electronically stored information (“ESI”) in native format with all associated metadata, while also granting plaintiffs their...more

"The E-Discovery Digest - March 2017"

The sixth 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, and discovery responses. Please see...more

Court Rejects Overly Broad Request For Forensic Imaging Of Plaintiff’s Personal Computers

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

An Illinois appellate court has vacated a trial court’s order compelling the forensic imaging of several personal computers used by plaintiff, applying a balancing test that takes into account both the proportionality rule...more

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