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Delaware Court Of Chancery Imposes Incorporation-By-Reference Condition On Section 220 Production, Consistent With Other Recent...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 12, 2017, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Court of Chancery agreed to impose an “incorporation-by-reference” condition on any production by Universal Health Services, Inc. (“UHS”) in response to a...more

Federal Rule 34 Primer — A shepherd’s guide to “herding cats”

Herding Warrior Cats - Federal Rules were last updated in 2016 and the changes were thought to be significant. Welcomed by some and scorned by others, those changes are still being evaluated and applied by judges across...more

Respondents Sanctioned For Discovery Violation

by Jones Day on

On September 28, 2017, in Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Products; Inv. No. 337-TA-1002, ALJ Lord issued the public version of her order requiring Respondents Wuhan Iron and Steel Group Corp., Wuhan Iron and Steel Co., Ltd.,...more

Document Discovery From Non-Parties in Commercial Arbitration: Availability and Practical Considerations

Litigators in the U.S. often take for granted the ease with which they can obtain discovery from non-parties in our federal and state courts. One might assume that the “presumption in favor of arbitrability” embodied in the...more

Plaintiffs Can’t Depose Competition Bureau Investigator in Price-Fixing Class Action

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Supreme Court of Canada held today that civil plaintiffs cannot examine for discovery (aka depose) a Competition Bureau investigator: Canada (Attorney General) v. Thouin, 2017 SCC 46....more

Be Prepared! Don’t Show Up to Your Rule 26(F) Meet-and-Confer With Nothing But a Boilerplate

by Exterro, Inc. on

FRCP Rule 26(f) stipulates a conference of the parties so that they might plan for discover. - Who: The attorneys of record and all unrepresented parties that have appeared in the case - What: Parties must consider the...more

Practice Pointers to Best Utilize or Respond to Document Requests: Sedona Publishes Rule 34 Primer

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The rules governing how litigants conduct written discovery changed substantially on December 1, 2015, when major amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure took effect....more

Despite Clawback, Defendant’s Reckless Abandon of Rule 502 Bites Back

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Irth Sols., LLC v. Windstream Commc’ns LLC, No. 2:16-CV-219, 2017 WL 3276021 (S.D. Ohio Aug. 2, 2017). The court denied the defendant’s request to return privileged documents that it claimed it had mistakenly produced on...more

Federal Circuit Paves Way for Additional Discovery in Autonomous Car Case

by Genova Burns LLC on

The Federal Circuit reinforced limits on its own jurisdiction by rejecting an appeal brought by intervenor Anthony Levandowski in the much-publicized case Waymo LLC v. Uber Technologies, Inc., et al., No. 17-cv-00939-WHA...more

Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Documents? Some Suggested Steps after the Initial Panic!

In the event of an inadvertent disclosure of documents (electronic or otherwise), an attorney is ethically obligated to promptly notify the sender of the attorney’s receipt of the documents. It is then up to the sender to...more

“Primed” to Learn About Rule 34 of the FRCP? Here’s a New Primer from The Sedona Conference: eDiscovery Best Practices

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As Tom O’Connor and I discussed last week in our ACEDS webinar Key eDiscovery Case Law Review for First Half of 2017 (here’s a link if you missed it), we’re seeing lots of cases that relate to disputes associated with Rule 34...more

Court Grants Lesser Sanctions Against Defendant for Various Discovery Issues: eDiscovery Case Law

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In New Mexico Oncology v. Presbyterian Healthcare Servs. No. 1:12-cv-00526 MV/GBW (D.N.M. Aug. 16, 2017), New Mexico Magistrate Judge Gregory B. Wormuth, detailing numerous defendant discovery deficiencies alleged by the...more

Federal Circuit Review - August 2017

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District Court Abused Discretion in Ignoring Federal Circuit Mandate to Reconsider Attorneys’ Fees Under Octane Fitness - In Adjustacam, LLC v. Newegg, Inc., Appeal No. 2016-1882, the Federal Circuit held that a district...more

Boston Red Sox Caught Using Apple Watches to Steal Signals from Yankees During Games

by Exterro, Inc. on

“Boston Red Sox Used Spy Watches to Steal Signs Against Yankees!” It’s a headline that you could imagine being in a 1950’s comic book, but in 2017 this type of thing has become fairly normal. In this case, the New York Times...more

Sometimes, the Data You Receive Isn’t Ready to Rock and Roll: eDiscovery Best Practices

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Having just encountered a similar situation with one of my clients, I thought this was a topic worth revisiting.  Just because data is produced to you, it doesn’t mean that data is ready to “rock and roll”....more

The Trouble with Drafts: Part II

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Last week's Privilege Point discussed a decision holding that the privilege did not protect in-progress drafts of documents whose final version will be disclosed to third parties. In re Sygenta AG MIR 162 Corn Litig., MDL...more

Department Of Labor Challenges ALJ’s Decision On Google’s Obligation To Respond To OFCCP Data Requests

In July, we reported that an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) had ruled on OFCCP’s dispute with Google over the tech giant’s refusal to turn over certain documents in connection with a routine audit of Google’s headquarters....more

Defence & Indemnity - August 2017: IV. PRACTICE ISSUES - Nemchin v. Green, 2017 ONSC 1403, per Corthorn, J. [4241]

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IV. PRACTICE ISSUES - B. A court held that the Defence was precluded from tendering social media evidence relating to the Plaintiff and relying on it at trial, notwithstanding that the Plaintiff may have been obligated to...more

PRA Request Compliance May Not Shield from Attorney's Fees - California Appellate Court Orders City to Pay

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The City of San Diego was ordered by an appellate court to pay attorney’s fees to a Public Records Act requestor-plaintiff — despite having produced all requested records, and the trial court having dismissed a PRA writ...more

Petitioner is Prevailing Party Entitled to Attorney Fees Where Undisputed Evidence Proves that Writ Petition Motivated City to...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

The California Public Records Act provides for public inspection of records maintained by state and local agencies and declares that “access to information concerning the conduct of the people’s business is a fundamental and...more

Drawing the Line Between Waiver and Non-Waiver: Part II

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Last week's Privilege Point described a New York court's predictable waiver conclusion based on a client's description of his intended future conduct -- explicitly attributed to lawyers' advice. Siras Partners LLC v....more

Under The Public Records Act, A Losing Party May Be The Prevailing Party

by Allen Matkins on

When the California legislature enacted the Public Records Act, it declared “access to information concerning the conduct of the people’s business is a fundamental and necessary right of every person in this state”. Gov’t...more

Purpose, privilege and duty – surviving the break down

by Dentons on

The recent decision of Sharpe v Grobbel [2017] NSWSC 1065 acts as a reminder for lawyers about their duty to claim privilege for clients even if they are no longer acting. It highlights the point in time in which common...more

5 Tips to Avoid the In-House Expert Trap in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

You are defending your client, a company engaged in complex scientific or technical work. As you head to trial, you have a tough decision to make. The client has employees and consultants with the knowledge and expertise to...more

You Want to Review ESI that the Other Side has Deemed Nonresponsive? That’ll Be Extra

Have you ever thought your adversary was withholding relevant ESI from document production? Have you wanted to look at the withheld documents to show that some are indeed relevant? Well, you might be able to – but it’ll cost...more

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