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Soaking up the Ediscovery Sun: Ing3nious NorCal 2016

This past week, I had the opportunity to attend the Ing3nious NorCal Retreat on Ediscovery and Information Governance in the beautiful Pacific coast town of Half Moon Bay, California. This event signified the fifth...more

Government Raids in Korea: What You Should Do When Faced with One

An on-site raid for evidence is a common tool for Korea’s enforcement authorities – particularly when the public prosecutor’s offices are taking the lead in high profile cases. This may surprise practitioners with US...more

You’ve Got (Foreign) Mail: Can Law Enforcement Get to it?

Even though Microsoft is a U.S. corporation subject to domestic subpoenas and warrants, prosecutors are not entitled to emails stored on its servers abroad, the Second Circuit ruled last week in Microsoft Corp. v. United...more

HHS: Ransomware Attacks Likely HIPAA Breaches In Absence of Encryption

On July 11, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) issued a Fact Sheet that provides guidance on (i) how HIPAA Security Rule compliance can assist health care organizations combat ransomware attacks, and...more

The Stored Communications Act’s Warrant Provisions Do Not Apply Extraterritorially

On July 14, the Second Circuit in Microsoft v. United States ruled that the Stored Communications Act (SCA) “does not authorize a U.S. court to issue and enforce an SCA warrant against a United States-based service provider...more

Court Says Prolonged Discovery Periods Are Not “Marvelous” (Rhode Island)

Wai Feng Trading Co. v. Quick Fitting, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77672 (D.R.I. June 14, 2016) - In this intellectual property and collection action, the defendant moved the court to compel discovery of ESI in its...more

Microsoft-Ireland: Decision underscores tension between privacy principles and the digital environment

The Second Circuit has rendered its long-awaited opinion in Microsoft Corp. v. United States (Microsoft-Ireland), finding that Microsoft was not obligated to turn over to the government a customer’s emails stored exclusively...more

Breach of ePHI Results in $2.7 Million Fine

Oregon Health & Science University (“OHSU”) has paid $2.7 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) to settle allegations that it violated the Health Insurance Portability...more

Court: Stored Communications Act Warrant Cannot Be Used to Seize Data Held Overseas

In a case that may have significant impact for companies providing public Internet and cloud services, the Second Circuit has ruled that a federal court may not issue a criminal warrant ordering a U.S. company to produce...more

In the Matter of Microsoft: Why It Matters

On July 14, 2016, the Second Circuit released its decision in Microsoft Corp. v. United States, No. 14-2985, slip op. (2d Cir. July 14, 2016). The Second Circuit rejected the Government’s efforts to require Microsoft to turn...more

Cost Alone Is Not Sufficient to Evade Native File Production (Georgia)

Mitchell v. Reliable Sec., LLC, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76128 (N.D. Ga. May 23, 2016) - In this employment discrimination case, the plaintiff requested that ESI be delivered in its native format, with metadata intact, to...more

“Run for the Hills” Validated by the Second Circuit: Warrants for Electronic Communications Cannot Apply Across International...

In the lore of the Wild West, when an outlaw needed to escape the hangman’s noose, he made a run for the border, hoping to cross the border before the sheriff could catch him. Today, with the Wild West of the Internet, where...more

Second Circuit Rules that Federal Warrants Do Not Apply to Electronic Information Stored Overseas

On July 14. 2016, the Second Circuit ruled that the government cannot lawfully use a search warrant to compel access to consumer data stored by Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft) overseas. In its decision, the court overturned...more

Party’s Willful Destruction of Data Did Not “Optimize” the Case for Dismissal

Ericksen v. Kaplan Higher Educ., LLC, No. RDB-14-3106, 2016 WL 695789 (D. Md. Feb. 22, 2016). Where a plaintiff “willfully [ran] a computer program that she knew, given her computer expertise, would destroy at least some...more

Decision Holds That Search Warrant Cannot Compel Data Stored Overseas

The landmark ruling is the first by a federal court of appeals to address the extraterritoriality of the Stored Communications Act. Microsoft and other US-based internet service providers won a major victory on July 14...more

The Second Circuit Limits The Government’s Ability To Access Data Stored Overseas

In a case with important privacy implication for U.S. companies providing services ranging from e-mail, social networking, chat communications and remote storage, the Second Circuit Court of Appeal this week held in Microsoft...more

Ninth Circuit Vastly Expands Scope of Criminal, Civil Liability for Computer Fraud

In a pair of highly anticipated decisions, the Ninth Circuit significantly reshaped criminal and civil liability under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). The court’s recent decisions in United States v. Nosal...more

Pyrrho Investments Ltd v MWB Property Ltd: A Landmark Decision on Predictive Coding in e-Discovery

Anyone engaged or interested in the electronic disclosure process should pay close attention to the landmark decision handed down earlier this year by the English High Court in Pyrrho Investments Ltd v MWB Property Ltd...more

Ignorance Is No Grounds to Avoid Production (Ohio)

FDIC v. Ark-La-Tex Fin. Servs., LLC, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82444 (N.D. Ohio June 24, 2016) - In this contract dispute, the defendant motioned the court to compel discovery of loan policies and procedures maintained...more

Looking Back on 2015: The 6 Most Important eDiscovery Cases in Delaware - Part 1

In re: ISN Software Corporation Appraisal Litigation, C.A. No. 8388–VCG, Oral Argument on Petitioners Motion to Compel and Partial Rulings of the Court, April 27, 2015. In this fifth motion to compel before Vice...more

BYOD Risks under HIPAA – Does Your HIPAA Compliance Program Adequately Address the Ever Increasing Use of Portable Electronic...

Many U.S. employers are now allowing employees to use their own personal handheld devices and laptop computers for work-related purposes. As the age of employer-provided devices is coming to an end and “bring your own device”...more

Court Holds Personal Data Discoverable for a Work Related Claim (New York)

Sunderland v. Suffolk Cty., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77212 (E.D.N.Y. June 14, 2016) - In this civil rights case, the plaintiff motioned the court to compel the defendants “to search for and produce certain documents from...more

The European, Middle Eastern and African Investigations Review 2016: United Kingdom: handling internal investigations

With so much potentially at stake, the initial steps and strategic decisions taken in any company investigation are critical to setting the tone for a focused, credible and effective inquiry. This is paramount not only for...more

I Spy the Relevant Data: Using Analytics to Accelerate eDiscovery for Second Requests

Pikachu, Wartortle, Ivysaur, Rattata—can you catch ‘em all? With Pokémon Go, the current augmented reality app craze, your goal is to search for and capture these virtual monsters that pop up in various places using your...more

E-Discovery Update: Producing Search-Term Hit Reports: Another Form of Discovery on Discovery

You may have learned everything you need to know in kindergarten, but perhaps sharing is overrated when it comes to a search-term hit report. A search-term hit report is generated when search terms are applied to a larger set...more

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