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The Fourth Amendment Implications of Sharing Server Space

The prosecution of Martin Shkreli, whom the BBC has called “the most hated man in America,” reveals some important lessons about the Fourth Amendment protections against search and seizure in the digital corporate context:...more

Google Prevails, In Part (And For Now), In Compensation Data Dispute With OFCCP

On July 14, 2017, an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) for the Department of Labor issued a Recommended Decision and Order (the “Opinion”) in the case brought by the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”)...more

The Seven Commandments of Proportionality in ESI*

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

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

The EDiscovery Outcome Economy Part One: Why We Need to Focus on Case Insights

by Baker Donelson on

To be valuable, eDiscovery needs to ensure the greatest usability of all data reviewed and produced. Every dollar spent should buy more than mere compliance; it should buy valuable case insights. While it is easy to focus...more

That Was Random: eDiscovery Best Practices

by CloudNine on

This may be the shortest title ever in this history of this blog. In the first year of the blog’s existence (when we had a lot fewer subscribers and readers than we do now), we did a three part series on how to perform an...more

An Inadequate Privilege Log, Or Even The Failure To Serve A Privilege Log, Will Not Result In The Waiver Of The Attorney-Client...

by Weintraub Tobin on

In Catalina Island Yacht Club v. Superior Court (2015) 242 Cal.App.4th 1116, the California Court of Appeal (Fourth District, Division Three), squarely addressed the question: “May a trial court find a waiver of the...more

The Privilege Is All Mine: California Appellate Court Finds Law Firm Holds Attorney Work Product Privilege Applicable to Documents...

In Tucker Ellis LLP v. Superior Court (A148956 – Filed 6/21/2017), the First Appellate District held that (1) the holder of the attorney work product privilege is the employer law firm rather than the former employee attorney...more

Joint Defense Agreements Are Not Protected By The Attorney-Client Privilege

by Brooks Pierce on

Why would any lawyer think that his Joint Defense Agreement, entered into with a co-defendant, was protected from production by the attorney-client privilege? Well, the lawyer for one of the Defendants In AP Atlantic, Inc.,...more

[Webinar] ACEDS Webinar: eDiscovery Pitfalls and Potholes to Avoid - June 14th, 12:00pm CT

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If you’ve conducted discovery for litigation, investigations or audits, you know that “Murphy’s Law” dictates that a number of “pitfalls” and “potholes” could occur that can derail your project. These issues can add...more

Court Offers Rare Good News and a Helpful Hint about Effective Privilege Logs

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Plaintiffs suing document-laden corporate defendants often try to make privilege log mistakes into a destructive side show. In Dyson, Inc. v. SharkNinja Operating LLC, No. 1:14-cv-0779, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52074 (N.D....more

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

by Jones Day on

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

Blog: High Court Supports SFO Bid To Obtain Documents Claimed As Privileged

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In a landmark ruling on 8 May 2017, the High Court ordered that the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (“ENRC”) should hand over to the SFO documents prepared during an internal investigation, despite the fact that the...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

WARNING: Follow Rules Governing Objections To Discovery Requests Or Waive Them

On February 28, 2017, Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck issued a warning shot, stylized as a “wake-up call,” to the SDNY Bar: comply with the now 15-month-old amendments to the Federal Rules of...more

Finding Exceptional EDiscovery Value

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Why are we settling for less than exceptional eDiscovery results? My guiding principle for eDiscovery is simple: eDiscovery always must deliver exceptional value to the client. A general counsel purchasing eDiscovery...more

Courts Make Clear that General Objections are Generally Inappropriate

by Cole Schotz on

If your practice involves discovery, chances are you have been on the receiving end (and maybe the dispensing end) of prolix boilerplate general objections in response to interrogatories or document demands. Whatever logic...more

Looking Back on 2015: The 6 Most Important eDiscovery Cases in Delaware - Part 4

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This is the fourth in a series of posts summarizing the six most important eDiscovery cases in Delaware in 2015. Medicalgorithmics S.A. v. AMI Monitoring, Inc., C.A. No. 10948-CB, Oral Argument on Defendants’ Motion...more

Litigators Warned to Update Their "Form File" Objections and Responses to Comply with Rule 34

In Fischer v. Forrest, No. 14 Civ. 1304 (PAE) (AJP), 14 Civ. 1307 (PAE) (AJP), 2017 WL 773694 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 28, 2017), Magistrate Judge Alexander J. Peck issued a "discovery wake-up call" to the bar of the Southern District...more

District Court Denies Ex Parte Motion to Compel Third Party to Produce Documents Where Plaintiff Waited too Long to File Motion

The plaintiff Alexsam, Inc. ("Alexsam") filed an ex parte application to compel compliance with a subpoena to produce documents against a third party to the action, MasterCard. Alexsam had first served a Rule 45 subpoena on...more

Employer successfully fights EEOC subpoena

by McAfee & Taft on

Any employer that has gone through an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) investigation knows one thing is certain: you will have to provide mountains of documents. Normally, the EEOC will informally request...more

Failing to Test Search Terms Before Agreeing to Them Can Be Costly: eDiscovery Best Practices

by CloudNine on

Here’s a big “pothole” that can derail your eDiscovery project. On Thursday, I’ll discuss how you can learn about several more “pitfalls” and “potholes” and how to avoid them....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

Defendant Wipes Out After Getting Caught in the Riptide and Is Sanctioned for Ill-Conceived Motion to Compel in Surf Tech...

This case presents an example of a district court’s use of the “proportionality” requirement of Rule 26 to limit overbroad discovery. On March 9, 2017, Magistrate Judge Barbara L. Major of the District Court for the Southern...more

Defendant Ordered to Reproduce ESI in Native Format, As Originally Requested by Plaintiffs: eDiscovery Case Law

by CloudNine on

In Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Assoc. v. California Dept. of Education, No. 2:11-cv-3471 KJM AC (E.D. Cal. Feb. 2, 2017), California Magistrate Judge Allison Claire granted the plaintiffs’ motion to compel the defendant to...more

Fischer v. Forrest: An SDNY Magistrate Judge Issues a Stern Warning to Litigants Who Ignore the Specificity Requirements of...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Last week, Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a stern rebuke to counsel in Fischer v. Forrest for what he viewed as a failure to adhere to the...more

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