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
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
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
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
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
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
In This Issue: -
- Attorney-Client Privilege/Work Product Decisions:
..Decisions Protecting Against Disclosure
..Decisions Ordering Disclosure
- Spoliation and Preservation Decisions:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
In Knickerbocker v. Corinthian Colleges, a trial court in Washington state sanctioned an employer because it failed to preserve evidence and issued an insufficient litigation hold after the employer received notice of EEOC...more
Earlier this year, Kazuaki Fujitani, the general manager of a Japanese company’s sales division, pled guilty to obstruction of justice for destroying numerous e-mails and other documents in a federal investigation by the...more
If your company is like many organizations, once a legal hold is set in motion, it becomes yesterday’s news…and is promptly forgotten about in favor of more pressing matters. After all, at its essence, a litigation hold is...more
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