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

by CloudNine on

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

by Knobbe Martens on

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

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

Test Your Searches Before the Meet and Confer: eDiscovery Replay

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...Years ago, I provided search strategy assistance to a client that had already agreed upon several searches with opposing counsel. One search related to mining activities, so the attorney decided to use a wildcard of...more

Fundamentals of Document and ESI Discovery

by Knobbe Martens on

Preserving Evidence: •“The duty to preserve evidence begins when litigation is ‘pending or reasonably foreseeable.’” Micron Tech., Inc. v. Rambus, Inc., 645 F.3d 1311, 1320 (Fed. Cir. 2011) •“It is, of course, not...more

Other Production Parameters from a Provider’s Point of View: eDiscovery Replay

by CloudNine on

...Yesterday, we began to discuss some of the production parameters that CloudNine collects from our clients in order to ensure that the production includes the correct documents in the required format. But, wait – there’s...more

Production from a Provider’s Point of View: eDiscovery Replay

by CloudNine on

...We sometimes forget that the end goal of the discovery process is production: to produce responsive electronically stored information (ESI) to opposing counsel. But, do you realize how many parameters and potential...more

The EDiscovery Outcome Economy Part Two: How to Uncover Value After a Production

by Baker Donelson on

To ensure value, eDiscovery projects should look to both provide a compelling narrative to the trial team, as well as continuously improve case outcomes by facilitating case management. The goal of eDiscovery should be to...more

Are the Bad Old Days of Blind Stonewalling in Discovery Finally Coming to a Close?

by Carlton Fields on

When I started as a litigator in 2001, a technique I call “blind stonewalling” ruled discovery practice everywhere from BigLaw to the smallest boutiques. But the slow evolution of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP),...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

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

by CloudNine on

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

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

by Cooley LLP on

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

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