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Attorney Sanctioned for Failing to Address Proportionality in Brief (Washington)

Fulton v. Livingston Fin. LLC, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 96825 (W.D. Wash. July 25, 2016) - In a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act case, sanctions were brought against the defendant’s attorney for “his bad faith in briefing...more

ACCC investigations: A short guide on what to do and how to prepare

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has powers to investigate potential breaches of competition and consumer law in Australia – including cartel conduct, anti-competitive arrangements, misuse of market...more

Illinois AG Rules That Public Employees' Personal Emails Are Public Records - Messages Pertaining to Public Business in Personal...

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has issued a binding opinion under the state's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that email messages sent or received through public employees' personal email accounts may be public...more

President Signs Freedom of Information Act Reforms

Obtaining government documents through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) should become somewhat easier under a law signed by President Obama on June 30, 2016. The law, known as the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 (S. 337),...more

Court Rides on Relevancy, Allowing Party to be Railed by Requests (North Carolina)

Amtrak v. Guy M. Turner, Inc., NO. 4:15-CV-68-BO, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 61073 (E.D.N.C. May 9, 2016) - In this personal injury case, the plaintiffs brought a suit against the owner of a tractor-trailer after a...more

Five Ways to Survive a Department of Labor (“DOL”) Health and Welfare Plan Investigation

DOL health and welfare plan investigations are on the rise. There are best practices for plans chosen for investigation: 1. Get Employee Benefits Counsel Involved Early. The DOL investigation process generally...more

CMS Announces Risk-Based Adjusted Additional Documentation Request Limits for Institutional Providers

On May 3, 2016, CMS announced the availability of a revised method to calculate additional documentation request (ADR) limits for Institutional Providers in the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) Program. Under the new method,...more

Discovery Dispute Regarding Key Word Searches Is Granted In Part And Denied In Part

Plaintiff requests that defendant search its database for documents containing the following terms: charge sharing, power race, contention, and short circuits and their synonyms. Plaintiff justifies this discovery on the...more

Health Care Advisory: Georgia Hospitals Can Close the Door on Open Records Requests

In a closely watched case, the Georgia Court of Appeals, in Smith v. Northside Hospital, Inc., affirmed the determination that Northside Hospital—a private, nonprofit corporation—was not required to comply with a request for...more

Court Orders Document Production Without Prejudice To Later Sanctions

Stark, C. J. Sanctions motion is considered. Defendant seeks sanctions for plaintiff’s failure to comply with a court order to produce documents....more

Implications of the Clean Power Plan on Historical Research

We’ve been closely tracking litigation related to the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP), which seeks to reduce carbon pollution from power plants and includes state-by-state mandates. Recently, the Supreme Court stayed...more

The Top Seven Takeaways from the December, 2015 Federal Rules Amendments

Can rule changes streamline litigation to make discovery proportional to the case, improve case management, cut down foot-dragging in response to document requests, eliminate “over-preservation” of records and expedite...more

What to do with a Delaware unclaimed property audit document request? Pending litigation may provide an answer.

If you have received a request for information in connection with a Delaware unclaimed property audit that appears to be excessively broad and you don’t know how to respond, you are in good company—even Delaware seems to be...more

Extensive Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Several significant amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure took effect Tuesday. They are probably the most wide-ranging set of changes to the rules in more than 20 years. Here are the key...more

Ninth Circuit: The EEOC Can Subpoena Extensive Employee Information

As our readers may recall, in November 2012, Judge G. Murray Snow of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona nixed a subpoena issued by the EEOC seeking employee pedigree information (name, address, telephone...more

District Court Allows Discovery to Re-Open to Permit Plaintiff to Compel Defendant to Produce Update Sales Records prior to Trial

Isola USA Corp. ("Isola") moved to compel Taiwan Union Technology Corp. ("TUC") to provide updated sales data in response to document requests an interrogatories. In response to this discovery, TUC had previously provided...more

Domestic Partnership Agreements: Financial Disclosures and Privacy

To reduce risk of later attack on the domestic partnership agreement, domestic partners should make fair and reasonable financial disclosures to each other prior to signing the agreement. Each partner should disclose to the...more

Access to Employee Benefit Records - Take Action Now to Avoid Issues Later

Today, many records relating to employee benefits reside with vendors administering those benefit plans (including forms mandated by statute and regulations, participant phone call center recordings and notes, benefit...more

Court Conflicted over Rule 26 in Light of Complex ESI Retrieval (Nebraska)

ACI Worldwide Corp. v. Mastercard Tech., LLC., 2015 WL 4249760 (D. Neb. July 13, 2015) - In this intellectual property case, a discovery dispute arose over the plaintiff’s request for ESI and the risk and burden such...more

Staying Out of the FTC’s Data Security Cross-Hairs

As the Federal Trade Commission acknowledges in a recent blog post, no company wants to discover that its data security practices are under federal investigation. Yet any company that collects, uses or maintains consumer data...more

Hensarling establishes new policy for issuing subpoenas and gives CFPB deadline for responding to document requests

Republican Congressman Jeb Hensarling, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, has established a new policy for using his authority to issue subpoenas to the CFPB and other agency’s subject to the Committee’s...more

Court Denies Request For Documents

Defendant seeks documents on the basis of the crime-fraud exception relating to abandonment and revival of a patent application which eventually issued. ...more

A Valuable Point From The NC Business Court On Subpoenas Without Depositions

Can you send a subpoena duces tecum -- which translated from Latin is "a writ commanding a person to produce in court certain designated documents or evidence " -- without coupling it with a deposition?...more

Court Compels Discovery Of Reinsurance And Other Insurance Documentation From Insurer In Garnishment Proceedings

The judgment was entered in a class action by plaintiffs who lost their tuition payments for computer training programs at schools that abruptly closed in 2009. In attempting to collect on the judgment, plaintiffs served...more

Getting to Appeals In an Estate or Gift Tax Audit with Pending Information Requests

Ain’t gonna happen! So says the IRS in guidance released by the IRS, at least in most circumstances. In a memo to IRS estate and gift tax examination employees, the IRS advises...more

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