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The Sedona Conference Issues Helpful and Important Commentary on the Proportionality Concept Applicable to Electronic Discovery

Action Item: The following set of six principles proposed by the Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production should serve as practical guidance for litigants adhering to the proportionality...more

Finding of Exceptionality Leaves Unsuccessful Infringement Plaintiff Liable for Over $50 Million in Attorney Fees and Costs

Needless to say, a finding of exceptionality under 35 U.S.C. § 285 can have crippling consequences. Just ask Rembrandt Technologies, LP, which recently was slapped with an order to pay the prevailing defendants in a...more

"The E-Discovery Digest - March 2017"

The sixth edition of The E-Discovery Digest focuses on recent decisions addressing the scope and application of the attorney-client privilege and work-product doctrine, spoliation, and discovery responses. Please see...more

Spoliation of Truck Evidence Precludes Plaintiffs’ Use of That Evidence “As a Sword”: eDiscovery Case Law

In Below v. Yokohama Tire Corp., No. 15-cv-529 (W.D. Wisc. Feb. 27, 2017), Wisconsin District Judge William M. Conley, deciding on several pre-trial motions, granted (to an extent) the defendants’ motion for relief due to...more

Why Courts Should Not Go 'Over and Above' the Federal Rules to Impose Sanctions for Loss of ESI

A recent case offers a cautionary tale of how courts may cite to the requirements of amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e), which governs imposing sanctions for failure to preserve electronically stored information...more

ESI Discovery Best Practices, Part 7 – New FRCP One Year In – ESI Game Changer or Business As Usual?

I was recently reminded that it has been over a year since my last ESI-related blog. My excuse is that I wanted to allow the new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure addressing ESI to percolate before writing on the...more

An Exterro 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

With No Intent or Duty to Preserve, Court Finds No Spoliation Occurred: eDiscovery Case Law

In Archer et. al. v. York City School District, et. al., No. 13-2826 (M.D. Pa., Dec. 28, 2016), Pennsylvania District Judge John E. Jones, III ruled that the plaintiffs had presented no evidence showing that the defendants...more

If the Scope of Discovery Changed and No One Paid Attention, Did the Scope of Discovery Change?

The scope of discovery may be more limited than you think. The Cole’s Wexford opinion provides a thorough dissection of the history and past iterations of Rule 26 and a clear explanation of the status of the current rule as...more

Forgetting about the Other Side of the Law is Criminal: eDiscovery Case Law

In our webcast on Wednesday titled What Every Attorney Should Know About eDiscovery in 2017, we covered (as we always do) several key cases that established eDiscovery best practices and trends (and a few with litigants...more

Critical Road Map for ESI in Litigation

It is the beginning of a new year and I thought it the ideal time to list out those steps that are absolutely critical when an attorney is confronting his/her obligation to produce e-discovery in connection with a litigation....more

Reasonable Steps to Preserve Evidence Yield More Than Selective Preservation

Sec. Alarm Fin. Enters., L.P. v. Alarm Protection Tech., LLC, No. 3:13-cv-00102-SLG, 2016 WL 7115911 (D. Alaska Dec. 6, 2016). Limited sanctions were appropriate under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e)(1) where a...more

2016 eDiscovery Case Law Year in Review, Part 4

As we noted yesterday, Tuesday and Monday, eDiscovery Daily published 74 posts related to eDiscovery case decisions and activities over the past year, covering 62 unique cases! Yesterday, we looked back at cases related to...more

‘Cause You’ve Got Proportionality: Overview of The Sedona Conference Commentary on Proportionality in Electronic Discovery

Recently, The Sedona Conference, a research and educational institute, published its 2016 Public Comment Version of The Sedona Conference Commentary on Proportionality in Electronic Discovery. This is the third version of...more

2016 eDiscovery Case Law Year in Review, Part 3

As we noted yesterday and Monday, eDiscovery Daily published 74 posts related to eDiscovery case decisions and activities over the past year, covering 62 unique cases! Yesterday, we looked back at cases related to...more

BYOD – Another reasonable basis for discovery about discovery

I still remember typewriters. Heck, I still remember carbon paper, mimeographs and bag phones. Would a company, “back in the day”, have ever asked an employee, “hey, we need you to bring your own typewriter, desk,...more

Plaintiff’s Intentional Deletion of Emails to Competitors Leads to Order to Produce Gmail Account: eDiscovery Case Law

In Cohn et. al. v. Guaranteed Rate, Inc., No. 14-9369 (N.D. Ill., Dec. 8, 2016), Illinois District Judge John Robert Blakey granted in part and denied in part the defendant’s motion to compel discovery, for spoliation...more

Minimal Sanctions for a Minimal Showing of Prejudice

First Am. Title Ins. Co. v. Northwest Title Ins. Agency, No. 2:15-cv-00229 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 118377 (D. Utah Aug. 31, 2016). The court denied the majority of sanctions a party sought for spoliation of evidence where...more

Commercial Division Rejects Employers’ Plea For Trade Secret and Trademark Protection

When employees resign, the scope of the trade secret doctrine often defines the relationship between former employers and their employees. Trade secret misappropriation claims frequently overlap with other claims arising out...more

Was Spoliation Intentional? Court Will Let Jury Decide: eDiscovery Case Law

In Cahill v. Dart, No. 13-cv-361 (N.D. Ill. Dec. 2, 2016), Illinois District Judge John Z. Lee adopted, with modifications, the Report and Recommendation of Magistrate Judge Cox regarding the plaintiff’s motion to sanction...more

2016 E-Discovery Case Law Top Ten List (#2 May Shock You!)

It’s been a year since the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were amended. Each rule to be changed was examined by panels of discovery experts, who focused on what was working and what was not. That’s why taking a look back on...more

The Importance of Early Data Assessment: eDiscovery Best Practices

Why do we have a picture of Santa Claus for an eDiscovery blog post about early data assessment? Read on. In the Fall 2016 eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey conducted last month, over a third of all respondents...more

With No Proof of Duty to Preserve or Bad Faith, Plaintiffs’ Request for Sanctions is Denied: eDiscovery Case Law

In Reyes et. al. v. Julia Place Condominiums Homeowners Association, Inc., et. al., No. 12-2043 (E.D.L.A., Oct. 7, 2016), Louisiana District Judge Carl J. Barbier, in denying the plaintiffs’ request for sanctions, stated that...more

Not an LOL Matter: Court Provides Guidance on Steps Litigants Should Take to Preserve Text Messages

We’ve all been there. Your friends throw you in the pool with your phone in your pocket. You repeatedly slice your finger on shards of glass from your phone’s shattered screen. Or, maybe you forget your phone isn’t waterproof...more

“Can I Throw Out Those Dust Covered Files?” Defensibility, Efficiency, and the Comprehensive Guide to E-Discovery Preservation

When I was in high school, I worked for a family-owned office supply store, one of the last of the local businesses left on main street in the small Midwestern town where I lived. It was a frustrating job most of the time...more

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