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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

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

Court Applies New FRCP 26, Awards Production of Documents (Texas)

Carr v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 2015 WL 8010920 (N.D. Tex. Dec. 7, 2015) - In this auto accident case, the defendant sought to compel production regarding documents reflecting payments that the plaintiff...more

Litigation Discovery and the New Federal Rules

Trying to make the best of rules open to highly subjective interpretation… Discovery in litigation is the heart of the process. It is the system by which parties can obtain evidence from other parties and refine...more

Court Rejects Plaintiff’s Requested Production Format in Favor of Format Containing Metadata (New York)

Feist v. Paxfire, Inc., 2015 WL 6456710 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 26, 2015) - In this discovery dispute, the plaintiff claimed that the defendant ignored the plaintiff’s production requests, resulting in duplicative and burdensome...more

The Year in eDiscovery to Music, Part II

In our last blog, we contemplated the many intersections between the top pop songs and eDiscovery developments in 2015. Today, we continue our review with more of the most popular records and legal events of the year....more

Court Finds Sanctions Inappropriate Following Plaintiff’s Failure to Establish Prejudice (Georgia)

West v. Talton, 2015 WL 6675565 (M.D. Ga. Nov. 2, 2015) - In this case, the court granted the defendants’ motion to exclude plaintiff’s use of any argument or evidence of alleged spoliation. The plaintiff discovered that...more

Year in Review: Top Ediscovery Cases of 2015

As another year wraps up, we look forward to the holidays and the promise of a new year. There is no better time to remember the highlights of ediscovery case law in 2015. Duty to preserve, emphasis on proportionality and...more

CFPB denies petition to modify CID

On December 2, 2015, the CFPB denied a petition for modification of a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) filed by UniRush, LLC. In doing so, the CFPB reinforced its view that such petitions are disfavored. However, in denying...more

The 2015 FRCP Amendments: ‘Tis the Season

Hoping to find the perfect gift for the ediscovery professional in your life? Look no further than the 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP)....more

Heads Up on New FRCP Amendments

Do you know about the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that will take effect on December 1, 2015? The amendments touch a variety of issues, but most significantly impact the scope of permissible discovery...more

An End to the Kitchen Sink Approach to Discovery Objections

After constant complaints from litigants and lawyers on the length, breadth, and costs of discovery, there seems to be a real effort afoot to solve all three of these problems. The upcoming amendments to the Federal Rules of...more

Court Instructs “More Thorough Search” in Face of Irretrievable ESI (Kansas)

Neonatal Product Group, Inc. v. Shields, 2015 WL 6158810 (D. Kan, Oct. 20, 2015) - In this patent infringement case, the defendants filed a motion to compel against the third party counterclaim defendants. The...more

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