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Court Limits Request for Social Media to Certain Relevant Information (Louisiana)

Baxter v. Anderson, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110687 (M.D. La. Aug. 18, 2016) - In this personal injury case, the defendant moved the court to compel a wide range of discovery related to the plaintiff’s social media...more

Legislature to Litigants: “Can’t Touch This!” – Virginia Supreme Court Recognizes Legislative Privilege

The Virginia Supreme Court, interpreting the Virginia Constitution’s speech and debate clauses, has recognized a legislative privilege from responding to a document subpoena substantially similar to that of the better-known...more

Electronic Discovery Preparedness Checklist

While your organization may not regularly be involved in costly or complicated litigation, there is always the potential for this to arise. Additionally, you may work in an industry that is heavily regulated and subject to...more

Discovery From Foreign Affiliate Is Denied

Plaintiff seeks core technical documents regarding certain accused products that are in the possession of defendant’s foreign affiliates. He court finds that plaintiff has not demonstrated defendant’s control over the...more

Federal Court Provides a $3 Million Reason to Comply with Duty to Preserve ESI

After years of decisions, the issues surrounding the preservation of electronically stored information (ESI) seem almost old hat. It is well known that, upon notice of a claim or commencement of litigation, a party needs to...more

Not a Foreign Concept: Court Orders Production of Native ESI Files to Verify That Data Had Not Been Manipulated

A common issue in almost any case involving the production of electronically stored information (“ESI”) is the format in which the parties will produce the ESI. Typically, ESI may be produced in one of four formats: native...more

District Court Denies Request for Production of Documents Provided to Prospective Litigation Funding Organizations

In this patent infringement action, the defendant sought the production of documents that the plaintif, IOENGINGE, had provided to potential companies that could fund litigation. IOENGINGED claimed that the documents were...more

Bankrolling Class Actions: Court Rules That Plaintiff Must Identify Third-Party Funder Of Class Action Lawsuit

Seyfarth Synopsis: The increasingly common practice of third-party funding of class actions, which provides tax incentives to plaintiffs’ attorneys and third-party funders alike, may no longer be protected under...more

E-Discovery Search Methodology Cannot Be Forced Upon Producing Party

Action Item: Companies and individuals involved in litigation that includes e-discovery, should be aware of a decision last week by Magistrate Andrew J. Peck, whose e-discovery decisions are well-regarded in the legal...more

2016 Updates to Ediscovery for Defendants Cheat Sheet

We’ve been remiss in updating our cheat sheet devoted to ediscovery for defendants. Because of the broad nature of the topic – these cases can and do arise in a wide variety of non-drug/device contexts – we have to research...more

District Court Orders Production of Bills from Expert Witnesses But Permits Redaction of Narrative Statements in Bills

In this patent infringement action, the defendant, Ericsson moved to compel the plaintiff, TCL, to produce bills and invoices for worked performed by TCL's expert witnesses. TCL sought to redact the bills and invoices to...more

Cost Alone Is Not Sufficient to Evade Native File Production (Georgia)

Mitchell v. Reliable Sec., LLC, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76128 (N.D. Ga. May 23, 2016) - In this employment discrimination case, the plaintiff requested that ESI be delivered in its native format, with metadata intact, to...more

Decision Holds That Search Warrant Cannot Compel Data Stored Overseas

The landmark ruling is the first by a federal court of appeals to address the extraterritoriality of the Stored Communications Act. Microsoft and other US-based internet service providers won a major victory on July 14...more

Court Holds Rule 26(b)(1) Cannot be Used for Unpled Claims or Defenses (New York)

Lifeguard Licensing Corp. v. Kozak, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68724 (S.D.N.Y. May 23, 2016) - In this intellectual property case, the defendants motioned the court to compel production of various discovery. The plaintiffs...more

AAA’s Revised Construction Industry Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures

The American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) recently revised its Construction Industry Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures. The revised rules became effective on July 1, 2015 and include a host of changes, large and...more

Alberta Court Orders Production of Documents in Native Format, Contrary To Agreement Between Parties

In Bard v. Canadian Natural Resources (Bard), the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta (Court) ruled that certain documents were to be produced in native format, despite what was set out in a discovery agreement between the...more

Court Analyzes a Subject Matter Waiver's Scope

Once a feared effect of disclosing privileged communications (sometimes even inadvertently), subject matter waivers now occur in most courts only when a litigant attempts to gain some advantage in litigation by affirmatively...more

Legal Advisers’ Files Are Not Archives for Tax Authorities, SCC Rules

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released two decisions last week regarding the power of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to demand production of information and documents, including accounting records, from lawyers and...more

Litigation Funder Communications Protected by the Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine

Addressing a novel issue in In re: International Oil Trading Company, LLC, 548 B.R. 825 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. 2016), the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida recently denied in part an involuntary...more

Privilege Dispute Is Resolved

Of eight disputed documents, six were found to be privileged. These include documents reflecting: - work conducted by one of Plaintiffs' engineers containing legal advice provided by one of Plaintiffs' attorneys based...more

Court Finds Bracewell & Guiliani Report Unprotected by the Privilege or the Work Product Doctrine

Many clients assume that the attorney-client privilege will almost always automatically protect any law firm's report to them, and that the work product doctrine will also apply whenever they anticipate litigation. Like other...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

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

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

District Court Refuses to Recognize "Apex" Doctrine for Documents Created by Inventor and Global Leader of Company

The defendant filed a motion to compel, seeking a wide array of discovery against Plaintiffs Dyson, Inc. and Dyson Limited (collectively, "Plaintiffs") to produce emails belonging to James Dyson ("Dyson"). Plaintiffs asserted...more

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