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Fees For Public Records Act Request Is Only Proper Where The Request Is "Clearly Frivolous"

In Bertoli v. City of Sebastopol, 2015 DJDAR 779, the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District decided a case involving a fee request under the California Public Records Act (“CPRA”)....more

SCOTUS Approves Proposed FRCP Amendments

On April 29, 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) took another step forward in the process. In a letter to U.S. Senate and House of Representatives leadership, Chief Justice John Roberts submitted...more

Court Untangles Dispute over Production Format, Orders Reasonably Usable Form (California)

Wilson v. Conair Corp., 2015 WL 1994270 (E.D. Cal. Apr. 30, 2015). In this consumer class action case, the plaintiffs asked for ESI production to be made in native file format or TIFF images, while the defendant argued...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

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

New Study Finds That Criminal Attacks Are The Number One Cause Of Health Sector Data Breaches

On May 7, 2015, the Ponemon Institute released its Fifth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy & Security of Healthcare Data (the “Study”), which surveyed 90 HIPAA covered entities and 88 business associates regarding their...more

ONC Releases Privacy and Security Guidance Geared Toward Small Providers

The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (“ONC”) recently released a new and improved version 2.0 of their Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information. This revamped...more

E-Discovery and Information Management: Courts Continue to Endorse Technology Assisted Review To Control Rising Costs of...

The rapid pace of technological development, particularly in the area of data storage, has created significant burdens on all businesses, large and small. In litigation, the cost of locating relevant Electronically-Stored...more

EEOC Set to Roll Out Digital Charge Pilot Program Starting May 1

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is rolling out a new Digital Charge System Pilot Program in several cities across the country as part of its overall strategic plan to digitize all of its records....more

ESI Case Law Update 2015

In this Issue: - Introduction - Preservation - Proposed Amendments to Rule 37 - Search Methodology/Technology-Assisted Review - Proportionality - Cost-shifting - Form...more

Data Encryption and Its Potential Effect on Litigation and Discovery

In September 2014, Apple introduced a new mobile-operating system called iOS8. iOS8 offers enhanced data-encryption protection to Apple users and the content stored on their mobile devices. Apple's advancements in...more

E-Discovery Update: Proposed Rule Changes Reflect Trend Toward “Reasonableness” in Preservation

The Judicial Conference Committee recently approved changes to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) addressing preservation and sanctions and setting forth clearer and more reasonable preservation standards than those...more

Avoiding Preservation Pitfalls When Using Electronic Evidence

Practitioners should not be afraid to use the electronic format of evidence in their cases.  Electronic evidence is often more convenient and effective than its tangible counterpart.  At the same time, however, counsel ...more

HHS Releases Two Healthcare Information Technology Proposed Rules

On March 20, 2015, CMS and the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released proposed rules regarding Stage 3 of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Incentive...more

Judge Peck Again Endorses TAR and Predictive Coding Protocols (New York)

Rio Tinto PLC v. Vale S.A., 2015 WL 872294 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 2, 2015). In this fraud case, the parties stipulated that they would use predictive coding during the discovery process. Judge Peck issued this opinion due to...more

E-Discovery and Information Management: Electronic Data Breach Of Student Records—The University’s Obligation To Disclose (3/15)

Data security breaches have become unfortunately prevalent amongst higher education institutions. In fact, colleges and universities suffer data breaches at a rate of just over one per week.(1) The Privacy Rights...more

ESI Recovery and Restoration Costs Recoverable Under Rule 54 (Colorado)

Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Ctr. v. Leslea, 2015 WL 638198 (D. Co. Feb. 13, 2015). In this private civil rights enforcement case, the court dismissed the case, ruling that the defendants had qualified immunity. The...more

What Recent Case Law Can Teach About BYOD Workplaces

Bring Your Own Device (“BYOD”) is a movement that is changing the IT landscape of workplaces. In a BYOD workplace, employees use their own mobile device—smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc.—for both work and personal use. ...more

Going Paperless: FDA Releases Draft Guidelines to Digitize Clinical Trials

The FDA released draft guidelines (“Guidelines”) on Monday, March 9, 2015 establishing recommendations on the use of e-media and processes to obtain informed consent for clinical investigations (trials) of medical products...more

SDNY Recognizes Party Using TAR Not Required to Disclose Control Sets to Opposing Party

Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck’s recent decision in Rio Tinto PLC v. Vale S.A., S.D.N.Y., No. 14 Civ. 3042 (RMB)(AJP) (March 2, 2015), recognizes disclosure of non-responsive documents is not a per se requirement in cases...more

Don’t TAR and Feather Technology in E-Discovery

In the three years since the watershed decision in Da Silva Moore v. Publicis Groupe, technology-assisted review (TAR) has transformed from being a merely “acceptable way to search for relevant” ESI into “black letter law...more

Technology-Assisted Review: Please Show Me Your Seed Set

It has been three years since Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck issued his February 2012 decision in Da Silva Moore v. Publicis Groupe & MSL Group, 287 F.R.D. 182 (S.D.N.Y. 2012), judicially accepting for the first time the use of...more

E-Discovery — If not transparency, how about translucency?

Florida is sunny and a great place to live or work; but we can be a little slow to except new things. Florida Rules of Civil Procedure were amended a couple of years ago to include at least the mention of electronic...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

HIPAA Compliant Technology and the Importance of Encryption

We welcome this guest blog by Gene Fry, Compliance Officer, Scrypt, Inc. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) sets the standard for protecting sensitive patient data. This means that any...more

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