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
Although a suit against a particular officer of a corporation for sexual harassment would clearly trigger a litigation hold, what must counsel do about less obvious players in a more abstract dispute? The recent case of AMC...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
Calling its prior proposal “too restrictive,” the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules published a substantially revised version of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) in the agenda for its April 10-11 meeting. The Committee...more
PersonalWeb Technologies, LLC ("PersonalWeb") filed a patent infringement action against Google for infringement of its "Truenames" patents. Google filed a motion for sanctions based on a contention that PersonalWeb...more
Cognex Corporation v. Microscan Systems, Inc., 2013 WL 6906221 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 31, 2013).
in this patent infringement suit, the defendants moved for sanctions for spoliation of a disk that was essentially destroyed...more
Following a broadening trend, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California recently held that a party is subject to sanctions – including an adverse inference instruction at trial – for negligently failing...more
Digital Vending Servs. Int’l, Inc. v. Univ. of Phoenix, Inc., 2013 WL 5533233 (E.D. Va. Oct. 3, 2013).
In this intellectual property case, the defendants filed a motion for sanctions due to the plaintiff’s alleged...more
In This Issue:
- The Duty to Preserve
..What triggers the duty to preserve?
..Who has a duty to preserve?
..What is the scope of the duty to preserve?
- Litigation Hold Notices
P.R. Tel. Co. v. San Juan Cable LLC, 2013 WL 5533711 (D.P.R. Oct. 7, 2013).
In this antitrust case, the plaintiff sought an adverse inference instruction against the defendants, who allegedly failed to preserve...more
In re Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate) Prods. Liab. Litig., 2013 WL 5377164 (S.D. Ill. Sept. 25, 2013).
In this multidistrict product liability litigation, the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) sought to compel...more
Taylor v. City of New York, 2013 WL 4744806 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 4, 2013). In this criminal law case, the plaintiff moved for sanctions for spoliation of video footage of a fight between prison inmates. ...more
Imagine an app that lets you send 10-second picture messages… and then the pictures get deleted forever. Welcome to SnapChat, the app allegedly used by Wall Street moguls for insider trading and a platform for new fashion...more
Herrmann v. Rain Link, Inc., 2013 WL 4028759 (D. Kan. Aug. 7, 2013). In this litigation brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act and related Kansas state law, the plaintiff sought sanctions for the defendants’...more
Part II: The Implications
What level of culpability should trigger sanctions? Negligence? Gross negligence? Bad faith? What arises to the level of prejudicing the non-producing party’s case? This case brings to light...more
Judge Shira Scheindlin’s latest opinion, Sekisui v. Hart, marks a major development for the latest footprint in spoliation case law and is sure raise eyebrows among federal rule makers tasked with reworking Federal Rule 37....more
Barrette Outdoor Living, Inc. v. Michigan Resin Representatives, 2013 WL 3983230 (E.D. Mich., Aug 1, 2013)
In this employment law case, the defendants were sanctioned $35,000 for the spoliation of over 270,000 files. The...more
Sekisui Am. Corp. v. Hart, 2013 WL 2951924 (S.D.N.Y. June 10, 2013).
In this employment law case, the court declined to impose any sanctions for the plaintiff’s negligent and perhaps intentional deletion of the email...more
Hart v. Dillon Cos., 2013 WL 3442555 (D. Colo. July 9, 2013).
In this wrongful termination case, United States Magistrate Judge David West held that the defendant acted in bad faith when it failed to preserve a relevant...more
PTSI, Inc. v. Haley, 2013 WL 2285109 (Pa. Super. Ct. May 24, 2013).
In this employment law case, the plaintiff appealed a trial court’s denial of motion for sanctions against the defendants who allegedly erased...more
The Ediscovery Best Practice Gap -
Kroll Ontrack’s 2012 Year in Review suggested that the total number of cases addressing sanctions decreased while courts spent more time scrutinizing search protocols. ...more
Cottle-Banks v. Cox Commc’ns, Inc., 2013 WL 2244333 (S.D. Cal. May 21, 2013).
In this spoliation case, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant charged a rental fee to customers for use of “set-top-boxes”, even though...more
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