Duty to Preserve

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Failure to Prepare for Litigation Results in Adverse Inference Instructions (California)

NuVasive, Inc. v. Madsen Med., Inc., 2015 WL 4479147 (S.D. Cal. July 22, 2015). In this conspiracy theory case, the defendants filed a motion for sanctions against the plaintiff, alleging that the plaintiff engaged in...more

Court Grants Sanctions In Light of Reckless Failure to Preserve (Delaware)

Kan-Di-Ki, LLC v. Suer, 2015 WL 4503210 (Del. Ch. July 22, 2015). In this breach of contract case, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant engaged in suppression and spoliation of evidence when the defendant deleted...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Deflategate and Litigation - Lessons for Businesses"

Whether or not you’re a New England Patriots fan, the news about “Deflategate” seemed to be everywhere, along with opinions regarding the severity (or lack thereof) of the punishment. ...more

Hold the (cell) phone! NFL Lawsuit May Hinge on Spoliation

Across New England, armchair attorneys and quarterbacks alike are talking spoliation, discovery, and cell phones. With National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell’s announcement of his decision on New England...more

Spoliation: How to Stop Trouble from Brewing

When a business is faced with the potential for litigation, it is imperative that all evidence be preserved to avoid the dreaded “s” word: spoliation. Starbucks Corporation recently learned this lesson the hard way when a...more

SMS: Spoliation Made Simple?

Text messages have become an increasingly important and confusing topic in litigation. As a communication tool, text messages are on the rise and are typically seen as less formal and more immediate than even email. Immediacy...more

Corporate Lawyers vs Federal Judges: Two Perspectives on Litigation Spending and E-Discovery Trends

When we released our Federal Judges Survey on E-Discovery Best Practices & Trends in February we weren’t quite sure what kind of response to expect. We knew the data was insightful (especially the judges’ view on the general...more

E-Discovery Preservation Checklist: A Must-Have for Any Corporate Attorney

In most cases, corporate attorneys are removed from the daily e-discovery preservation tasks of issuing, tracking legal holds or managing a document collection. These duties usually fall on a paralegal or litigation support...more

Becoming a Creditor in a Bankruptcy Case Triggers a Duty to Preserve Documents

A litigator in bankruptcy court is challenged with mastery of a trial lawyer’s skills as well as the developing substantive law, jurisdictional and otherwise, governed by the Bankruptcy Code. Who hasn’t heard of Stern v....more

The E-Discovery Digest - June 2015

In This Issue: - - Attorney-Client Privilege/Work Product Decisions: ..Decisions Protecting Against Disclosure ..Decisions Ordering Disclosure - Spoliation and Preservation Decisions: ..Sanctions...more

Document Preservation: Know When to Hold ‘Em (and When to Fold ‘Em)

The cut-throat, high stakes environment of a nail-biting poker tournament is oddly similar to the world of document preservation in litigation, investigations and regulatory events. Though the former tends to take place in a...more

New Technologies Test the Limits of the Duty to Preserve, Collect and Produce Information in Civil Discovery

While the question of whether specific records are within a party’s possession, custody or control has been heavily litigated for years, the digital revolution — with the advent of social media, cloud computing and mobile...more

Court Allows Deposition of Computer Forensics Specialist to Aid in Discovery (Florida)

Procaps S.A. v. Patheon Inc., 2015 WL 1880346 (S.D. Fla. Apr. 24, 2015). The plaintiff failed to place a litigation hold on its documents which resulted in an inadequate search for responsive information in discovery....more

Court Extends Proportionality Principle to Duty to Preserve

In Lord Abbett Mun. Income Fund., Inc v. Asami, No. C-12-03694 DMR (N.D. Cal. Oct. 29, 2014), United State Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu granted the plaintiff’s motion for permission to no longer preserve computer...more

ITC Affirms Joint and Several Liability of Counsel for Payment of Monetary Sanctions Based on Client's Spoliation of Evidence

On April 30, 2015, the International Trade Commission issued the public version of its opinion reviewing ALJ Thomas B. Pender’s Initial Determination in Investigation No. 337-TA-883, finding the Respondents in default due to...more

Effort to Hide Facebook Evidence by Deactivating Account Ends Badly for Louisiana Man

As social media has become ubiquitous, courts are wrestling with more discovery disputes involving social media accounts. In a recent case, Crowe v. Marquette Transportation Co. Gulf-Inland, LLC, the plaintiff...more

Court Redefines the Legal Standard for Preservation Obligations (4th Circuit)

Blue Sky Travel & Tours, LLC v. Al Tayyar, 2015 WL 1451636 (4th Cir. Mar. 31, 2015). In this breach of contract case, the defendants failed to produce relevant documents despite a court order, and sanctions were imposed....more

Court-Ordered Seizure of Defendants’ Records in Separate Case Enough to Avoid Sanctions (New York)

Perez v. Metro Dairy Corp., 2015 WL 1535296 (E.D.N.Y. Apr. 6, 2014). In this class action, the plaintiffs sought sanctions for the defendants’ failure to produce certain relevant employment documents and records. The...more

Court Finds No Spoliation after Deletion of Emails during Routine Audit (Missouri)

Gladue v. Saint Francis Medical Center, 2015 WL 1359091 (E.D. Mo. Mar. 24, 2015). In this employment case, the plaintiff sought sanctions for the spoliation of deleted emails. After the plaintiff had been terminated from...more

U.S. Court’s Power to Compel Compliance with U.S. Discovery Arises Only with Jurisdiction (Ohio)

Lunkenheimer Co. v. Tyco Flow Control Pacific Party Ltd., 2015 WL 631045 (S.D. Ohio Feb. 12, 2015). In this international civil case, an intervenor/counter-defendant sought to compel compliance with a discovery order for...more

U.S. Supreme Court Finds That SOX’s Anti-Shredding Provision Does Not Apply To Fish

When one thinks of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX)—a law created to restore trust in the financial markets following the collapse of Enron—red grouper is not usually the first thing that comes to mind. Nevertheless, the...more

Legal Ethics and Social Media: What Pre-Litigation Advice May an Attorney Provide to His or Her Client?

When meeting with your client about a matter that will likely result in litigation, what advice can you give your client about privacy settings and removal of information from social media in the pre-litigation setting? The...more

2014 E-Discovery Year in Review - "Courts continued in 2014 to endorse the use of technology to improve the efficiency and...

2014 demonstrated that management and discovery of electronic information continues to be a challenging issue in litigation. A review of 2014 court decisions also underscores the importance of litigation hold notices,...more

Lawyer's Duty to Preserve Social Media Evidence

Lawyers must take “appropriate” steps to preserve their clients’ potentially relevant and discoverable social media evidence. That is the key take-away from an ethics opinion recently issued by the Philadelphia Bar...more

Sixth Circuit Analyzes Standards for Sanctions for Failing to Preserve Evidence

In Automated Solutions Corp. v. Paragon Data Systems, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 11918 (6th Cir. June 25, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit provided a close examination of the standards required for...more

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