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Every Case Is an e-Discovery Case in Today’s Litigation Environment

Lawyers routinely negotiate the scope of litigation discovery demands. One such lawyer was recently faced with a wildly broad discovery demand for relevant emails from the time a product was manufactured more than fifteen...more

E-Discovery Year in Review, Part 2

In our last blog, we explored how popular song lyrics reflected some of the salient themes in e-discovery during 2014. In this blog, we’ll conclude our assessment with the most popular songs—and some of the most important...more

Court of Chancery Clarifies Delaware Counsel’s Role in Discovery

In James v. National Financial LLC, C.A. 8931-VCL (Del Ch. Dec. 5,2014) the Court of Chancery outlined Delaware Counsel’s discovery obligations as well as the type of sanctions that may be imposed for not complying with those...more

Judge Hellerstein rules on a series of motions related to infringement contentions, motions to compel documents and responses to...

Intellectual Ventures II LLC v. JP Morgan Chase & Co., et al. Case Number: 1:13-cv-03777-AKH - Judge Hellerstein resolved a number of discovery-related motions. First he found that defendants’ motion to strike...more

PTAB Expands Discovery for Inter Partes Review

GEA Process Engineering, Inc. v. Steuben Foods, Inc. - In a decision that has the potential to expand the scope of permissible discovery in inter partes reviews (IPRs) as well as other post-grant procedures under the...more

Responding Effectively to Third-Party Subpoenas

It is your lucky day!! A subpoena comes in the mail and makes its way to your desk. The subpoena comes from a creditor involved in a lawsuit with one of your employees and demands that you produce copies of your employee’s...more

Court Orders Company to Comply with Rule 34

On October 16, a California district court issued a declaratory judgment ordering a company to comply with Rule 34 as cited in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure....more

Two Basics: Don’t Accept Candy From Strangers and Avoid Falling Into the “Document Dump[s]”

A recent order issued by M.J. Paul Grewal in Venture Corp. Ltd., et al. v. Barrett, No. 5:13-cv-03384, 2014 WL 5305575 (N.D. Cal. October 16, 2014) provides a useful reminder for all litigators: “Rule 34 (Producing Documents,...more

E-Discovery Cases — Herding Cats would be easier

Two disturbing cases for different, but similar reasons. When did parties jump from collection and culling of documents to simply turning over all possible evidence blindly and relying on a claw back agreement to...more

Federal Court Addresses Frequently Overlooked Nuances of Electronic Document Production

U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal of the Northern District of California recently issued an order in Venture Corp., Ltd. v. Barrett shedding light on the meaning of two Federal Rules of Civil Procedure governing document...more

Prevailing Party Awarded Taxable Costs from Production to Opposing Party (California)

Apple Inc. v. Samsung, 2014 WL 4745933 (N.D. Cal. Sept. 19, 2014). In this intellectual property case, the plaintiff sought to recover around $1.5 million in costs for producing documents to an online hosted...more

Plaintiff Does Not Offer Proportional Production Remedy, Court Denies “Discovery on Discovery” (New York)

Freedman v. Weatherford Int’l, 2014 WL 4547039 (S.D. N.Y. Sept. 12, 2014). In this securities fraud case, the plaintiff sought the production of search efficiency reports that were part of an investigation by third...more

Attorney Labor For Preparing CEQA Administrative Record Is Recoverable Cost Where Specialized Knowledge Required, Holds Fourth...

In a partially-published opinion filed September 29, 2014, the Fourth District Court of Appeal affirmed an order and judgment permitting the County of San Diego to recover actual labor costs incurred for an attorney and...more

Parent Company Ordered to Produce Documents in Response to Request to Subsidiary Where Parent and Subsidiary Shared Servers and...

Plaintiff Dri-Steem Corporation ("Dri-Steem") sought production of documents in the possession and control of the defendant's parent company National Environmental Products, Ltd. ("National"), via its wholly-owned subsidiary...more

High Bar for Discovery Motions in IPR

Permobil Inc. v. Pridemobility Products Corp. - Addressing a patent owner's motion to compel a petitioner to produce documents concerning petitioner’s alleged copying in an inter partes review (IPR), the U.S. Patent...more

Though Destruction of Evidence was Egregious, Lesser Sanctions Ordered (New York)

Hawley v. Mphasis Corp., 2014 WL 3610946 (S.D.N.Y. July 22, 2014). In this employment discrimination case, the plaintiff moved for sanctions due to defendant’s alleged discovery violations. The plaintiff claimed that...more

Predictive coding after keyword screening!? Don’t miss the point of Bridgestone Americas

Magistrate Judge Joe B. Brown’s recent order permitting predictive coding in Bridgestone Americas v. International Business Machines Corporation has received a lot of attention because it allowed the use of predictive coding...more

S.D.N.Y. Issues Spoliation Sanctions Against Foot Locker

The sanctions recently levied against Foot Locker serve as a potent reminder that understanding data and document preservation requirements is imperative. A New York federal judge issued sanctions against Foot Locker last...more

Motion to Compel Settlement Agreements Denied Where Document Requests Only Requested License Agreements

Echostar Satellite L.L.C. ("Echostar") moved to compel the production of settlement agreements from the plaintiff. Several issues arose on the motion, including whether the Magistrate Judge had jurisdiction to grant the...more

Court Rules that Parties Requesting ESI Should Organize it Themselves (New Mexico)

Anderson Living Trust v. WPX Energy Production, LLC, 2014 WL 930869 (D.N.M. March 6, 2014). In this matter, the parties agreed to a discovery plan in which the defendants would scan certain hard copy documents in the...more

A Valentine to Proponents of Technology-Assisted Review

On February 14, 2014, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote of the Southern District of New York became the latest judge to acknowledge that the results of technology-assisted review (TAR) need not be perfect to be defensible in...more

Court Compels Production Of Information Exchanged Between Insurer And Reinsurer As Relevant To Construction Of Policy

In a declaratory relief action brought against the FDIC by the liability insurer for the directors and officers of a bank in receivership, the court resolved a discovery dispute that included a contested request for...more

Be Prepared to Answer Discovery About Your Discovery

Under the current formulation of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(1), courts have shown a willingness to allow a requesting party to inquire into the discovery process when it questions the sufficiency of the responding...more

Florida Supreme Court Clarifies the Scope of Discovery of Records of Adverse Medical Incidents and Reaffirms Buster

On January 30, 2014, the Florida Supreme Court concluded its review of Cedars Healthcare Group, Ltd. v. Ampuero-Martinez, 88 So. 3d 190 (Fla. 3d DCA 2000), (Case Nos. SC11-2208 and SC11-2336), by quashing the Third District’s...more

Defendant Does Not Provide Compelling Argument for Not Providing Native Format Production (Connecticut)

Saliga v. Chemtura Corp., 2013 WL 6182227 (D. Conn. Nov. 25, 2013). In this discrimination case, the court dealt with two parties who failed to agree on numerous discovery matters. The most prominent issue was the...more

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