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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

When the Jet has been Traded for a Bus: Top 5 Biggest Challenges in Managing E-Discovery Activities

In the 1989 movie, Major League, the rag tag (fictionalized) Cleveland Indians are set up to fail by their owner, who wants to lower attendance so she can move the team to Florida. When the losses aren't piling up fast...more

Does the Opinion Work Product Doctrine Protect the Identity of Documents a Litigant Obtains from a Third Party?

Many courts extend opinion work product protection to a lawyer's selection of intrinsically unprotected documents used to prepare a deponent, the identity of witnesses important enough to interview, etc. This approach is...more

Court Denies Plaintiffs’ Motion to Compel the Production of Documents from Defendant’s Overseas Manufacturer (Connecticut)

Grayson v. Gen. Elec. Co., 2016 WL 1275027 (D. Conn. Apr. 1, 2016) - In this putative class action, the plaintiffs sought to compel the defendant to produce certain discovery from its overseas manufacturer and the...more

District Court Orders Production of Settlement Agreements But Denies Request for Deposition That Would Go Beyond Four Corners of...

Plaintiffs filed a declaratory judgment action seeking a declaration that U.S. Patent No. 7,923,221 (the "Cabilly III patent"), owned by Defendants, is invalid and therefore Plaintiffs do not owe royalties with respect to...more

Disclosure in a digital age – How reforms and technology can reduce the costs of disclosure in arbitration and court

Managing the cost of litigation to business remains one of the toughest issues confronting any lawyer today. As the challenge of keeping costs proportionate seemingly gets more difficult by the day, we consider the impact of...more

Never Second Guess a Second Request

Massive mergers are never a simple matter for organizations and their antitrust attorneys. The Second Request process can be a major burden for merging organizations since it requires that companies review, analyze and...more

Franz Schwarz Delivers 4th Bergsten Lecture in Vienna

Franz Schwarz delivered the 4th Bergsten Lecture on the subject of “Systemic Case Management and Burden of Proof”. Over 400 registered attendees, including senior members of the Austrian and German judiciary and academia,...more

Courts Have Nothing But Good Things To Say About Predictive Coding

Predictive coding (also called “technology assisted review” (“TAR”)) involves the use of computerized artificial intelligence to extrapolate from attorney coding of small (and repeated) sample document sets ultimately to...more

Duplicative Discovery Not Objectionable Unless 'Fully' Duplicative

Litigators often have the tendency to seek similar, if not identical, information from multiple sources. As an opponent has an interest in withholding harmful information, third-party discovery may be critical to proving a...more

The Case of the Clone Tablet: An Exterro Choose Your Own E-Discovery Adventure

My guess is that anyone who was alive in the 1980's has chosen their own adventure at least a few times. The Choose Your Own Adventure books were some of my favorites as a kid, an affordable and portable interactive fantasy...more

Objections to Document Demands Under Amended Rule 34

The approach of objecting to document demands with boilerplate language containing half a dozen or more objections that have no actual nexus to the demands at issue has been used by litigators for decades. However, this...more

When a Director May Inspect the Company's Books and Records

Section 220(d) of the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) permits a director to inspect a company's books and records "for a purpose reasonably related to the director's position as a director." It is well settled under...more

Redaction Made In Royalty Reports Are Improper; Motion To Amend Complaint Comes Too Late

Defendants move to compel compliance with subpoenas directed to a non-party. The court relieved the non-party from any obligation to produce documents since the contested documents were also in the possession of plaintiffs....more

Ground-Breaking Delaware Opinion: Books and Records include Electronic Documents Subject to Inspection and to be Incorporated in...

On February 2, 2016, Vice Chancellor Laster of the Delaware Chancery Court ordered a tailored production of the electronic and other documents identified by the plaintiff, Amalgamated Bank, in its demand for inspection of...more

New restrictions on disclosures of personal data to non-EU courts will not apply in the UK

One of the more controversial portions of the EU’s forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation is a provision restricting the ability of EU businesses to comply with demands from non-EU courts for the production of...more

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