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Hip Implant MDL Denies Summary Judgment on Claims of Plaintiffs Who Failed to Preserve Explanted Devices

Regular readers of this blog know that we have a pretty jaded view of many MDLs. Obviously consolidation makes sense, at least on paper, in terms of efficiency and the best use of scarce court resources. But, in practice,...more

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms $7 Million Sanction for Discovery Misconduct: eDiscovery Case Law

In Shawe v. Elting, Case No. 487, 2016 (Supreme Court of Delaware, Feb. 13, 2017), the Delaware Supreme Court found that the Court of Chancery followed the correct legal standards and made no errors of law in its sanctions...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

Why Courts Should Not Go 'Over and Above' the Federal Rules to Impose Sanctions for Loss of ESI

A recent case offers a cautionary tale of how courts may cite to the requirements of amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e), which governs imposing sanctions for failure to preserve electronically stored information...more

Judge Finds Defense Counsel’s Reliance upon Pre-Amendment Rule 26 in a Motion to Compel the Equivalent of Bad Faith – Resulting in...

In Fulton v. Livingston Financial LLC, 2016 WL 3976558 (W.D. Wash. July 25, 2016), U.S. District Judge James L. Robart sanctioned a defense lawyer who “inexcusabl[y]” relied on outdated case law and pre-2015 amendments to...more

ESI Discovery Best Practices, Part 7 – New FRCP One Year In – ESI Game Changer or Business As Usual?

I was recently reminded that it has been over a year since my last ESI-related blog. My excuse is that I wanted to allow the new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure addressing ESI to percolate before writing on the...more

Are All Troll Cases Exceptional?

In Iris Connex, LLC, v. Dell, Inc., [2:15-cv-1915-JRG] (January 25, 2016), District Judge Gilstrap, after granting summary judgment to Dell, awarded attorneys fees, noting Dell’s arguments that Iris Connex’s claim...more

Reasonable Steps to Preserve Evidence Yield More Than Selective Preservation

Sec. Alarm Fin. Enters., L.P. v. Alarm Protection Tech., LLC, No. 3:13-cv-00102-SLG, 2016 WL 7115911 (D. Alaska Dec. 6, 2016). Limited sanctions were appropriate under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e)(1) where a...more

2016 eDiscovery Case Law Year in Review, Part 4

As we noted yesterday, Tuesday and Monday, eDiscovery Daily published 74 posts related to eDiscovery case decisions and activities over the past year, covering 62 unique cases! Yesterday, we looked back at cases related to...more

2016 eDiscovery Case Law Year in Review, Part 3

As we noted yesterday and Monday, eDiscovery Daily published 74 posts related to eDiscovery case decisions and activities over the past year, covering 62 unique cases! Yesterday, we looked back at cases related to...more

2016 eDiscovery Case Law Year in Review, Part 2

As we noted yesterday, eDiscovery Daily published 74 posts related to eDiscovery case decisions and activities over the past year, covering 62 unique cases! Yesterday, we looked back at cases related to admissibility and...more

Judge Alsup Declines to Impose Sanctions for Alleged Discovery Misconduct

On December 29, Judge William Alsup declined to impose sanctions in a case he characterized as “an everyday exchange between attorneys over extending a civil action deadline that escalated to a finger-pointing sanctions...more

Court Affirms R&R Denying Sanctions

Andrews, J. Court affirms magistrate’s report and recommendation denying sanctions. Plaintiff objects to the magistrate’s ruling declining to award sanctions for defendant’s failure to produce IDV data. Plaintiff...more

Magistrate’s Decision Regarding Spoliation Is Affirmed

Magistrate’s May 20, 2016 opinion regarding spoliation is affirmed. Plaintiff’s objections to the magistrate’s opinion granting in part and denying in part plaintiff’s motion for sanctions and substantive relief due to...more

Client’s Bad Behavior Imputed to Counsel – Both Get Sanctioned

In Arrowhead Capital Fin. Ltd. v. Seven Arts Entertainment, Inc. 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126545 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 16, 2016), District Judge Katherine Polk Failla imposed significant sanctions upon both the Chief Executive Officer...more

2016 E-Discovery Case Law Top Ten List (#2 May Shock You!)

It’s been a year since the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were amended. Each rule to be changed was examined by panels of discovery experts, who focused on what was working and what was not. That’s why taking a look back on...more

Discovery Misconduct “As Deep As It Is Wide” Merits Harsh Sanctions

Arrowhead Capital Fin., Ltd. v. Seven Arts Entertainment, Inc., No. 14 Civ. 6512 (KPF), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126545 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 16, 2016). The court imposed substantial sanctions on the defendants and their...more

Sanctions for Failure to Conduct a Reasonable Inquiry Into Factual/Legal Basis for Discovery Responses

Recently in Rodman v. Safeway, Inc., 2016 WL ­­­5791210 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 4, 2016), U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar imposed monetary sanctions of $688,644 because of the failure of Safeway and its counsel to conduct a...more

Defendant Sanctioned for Failing to Preserve Text Messages and Failing to Produce Native Format Data: eDiscovery Case Law

In First Financial Security, Inc. v. Freedom Equity Group, LLC, No. 15-1893 (N.D. Cal., Oct. 7, 2016), California Magistrate Judge Howard R. Lloyd issued permissive adverse inference instruction sanctions against the...more

Total Lack of Oversight in Discovery Searches Leads to Hefty Sanctions

Rodman v. Safeway Inc., No. 11-cv-03003-JST (N.D. Cal. Oct. 6, 2016). The court saddled a party with nearly $700,000 in attorneys’ fees after its counsel allowed the client’s director of marketing to search for evidence...more

Don’t Be Afraid, It’s Only - eDiscovery Horrors!

Today is Halloween!  For the seventh year on this blog, it’s time to try to “scare” you with tales of eDiscovery (and now, cybersecurity) horrors (because, after all, we’re an eDiscovery blog).  Let’s see how we do this...more

Searching Only File Names is Not the "Safe Way" to Avoid Sanctions: eDiscovery Case Law

See what I did there?… :o) In Rodman v. Safeway, No. 11-cv-03003-JST (N.D. Cal., Oct. 6, 2016), California District Judge Jon S. Tigar ordered the defendant to pay plaintiff’s Class Counsel $688,646 as a discovery...more

Before Asking for Sanctions, Check the Recycle Bin

Erhart v. BofI Holding, Inc., No. 15-cv-02287-BAS (NLS), 2016 WL 5110453 (S.D. Cal. Sept. 21, 2016). The court denied sanctions against a party where the huge majority of the files he deleted were not actually destroyed,...more

“Can I Throw Out Those Dust Covered Files?” Defensibility, Efficiency, and the Comprehensive Guide to E-Discovery Preservation

When I was in high school, I worked for a family-owned office supply store, one of the last of the local businesses left on main street in the small Midwestern town where I lived. It was a frustrating job most of the time...more

"The E-Discovery Digest - October 2016"

The fifth 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

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