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Business Litigation Report -- August 2014

In This Issue: - Main Article: ..Ninth Circuit Shifts “Significant Expense” of Compliance with Third Party Subpoenas to Party Seeking Discovery - Noted With Interest: ..Delaware Court Finds Password...more

Federal District Court Decision in Microsoft Case re Warrants for Content Stored Outside US

On July 31, the district court judge issued a ruling in the case involving the US Government’s warrant issued to Microsoft to compel production of data stored on the servers of its wholly owned Irish subsidiary located in...more

Wearable Technology: A Perfect Fit For Litigation

It should come as no surprise that wearable technology and fitness trackers, such as Google Glass, the Jawbone UP, and the Narrative Clip are saturating the consumer market, and as a result, consumers are increasingly...more

Delaware Court Finds Password Protection for Electronic Documents Insufficient to Preserve Trade Secrets

Key questions in most trade secret cases are whether information was misappropriated and whether that information qualified as a trade secret in the first place. Under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act’s definition of a trade...more

Ninth Circuit Shifts “Significant Expense” of Compliance with Third Party Subpoenas to Party Seeking Discovery

The escalating cost of discovery compliance is especially frustrating for non-parties who are subpoenaed for evidence allegedly relevant to litigation in which they have no stake. Responding to a broad subpoena may require...more

E-Discovery Matters: “A Guide to ESI Preservation Responsibilities”

I am pleased to announce the availability of our firm’s updated publication, A Guide to ESI Preservation Responsibilities. I believe this white paper serves as a useful resource to anyone dealing with the complicated issue of...more

Microsoft Loses Round in Fight Over Email Held in Irish Data Center

Rarely do Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon, Apple, Cisco and the ACLU all agree on a particular subject; rarer still that such an unlikely coalition fails....more

Let It Go – Discarding Past Ediscovery Protocols; the Portfolio Approach is the Future

At some point in the last 9 months (even if you don’t have small children), you have likely heard or seen snippets from Disney’s latest blockbuster animated movie, Frozen. “I’m never going back, the past is in the past....more

Russian Hackers Reportedly Obtain Internet Credentials of More Than 500 Million Users

On August 5, The New York Times reported that Russian hackers have obtained what could be the largest collection of confidential data in history. The security firm that discovered the breach continues to alert affected...more

SDNY Judge Orders Microsoft to Produce Emails Stored Abroad

Chief Judge Loretta A. Preska of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York affirmed Magistrate Judge James C. Francis IV’s opinion and ordered that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) could compel...more

Audit Trails: Pitfalls of Electronic Medical Records, Part III

I do not profess to be an expert in the complexities of metadata in an electronic medical record (EMR). In simple terms, it is analogous to leaving footprints in the sand; although these do not wash away with high tide. In...more

Second Circuit Finds Fourth Amendment Violation in Law Enforcement Retention of Computer Files Not Within Scope of Search Warrant

On June 17, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a significant Fourth Amendment decision in United States v. Ganias. The decision is premised on the well-established notion that, because of...more

Business Litigation Alert: "What You Don't Keep Can Hurt You"

A recent Texas Supreme Court decision has important implications for the policies companies follow in Texas to avoid accusations that they have tampered with evidence or destroyed records improperly. The Supreme Court...more

Monkey See, Monkey Do? Like Federal Courts, New York State Courts Are Changing the Rules Governing E-Discovery

As new and proposed rules regarding e-discovery in the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court demonstrate, state courts are catching up to the federal courts in terms of e-discovery standards and guidelines...more

Delaware's New Data Destruction Law Takes Effect January 1, 2015

Delaware House Bill 295 was signed into law on July 1. The law provides that if a commercial entity seeks to dispose of records containing consumers' personal identifying information, the commercial entity must take...more

Have You Upgraded Your XP Yet?

Microsoft officially ended support for Windows XP in April 2014, but not everyone has made the decision to upgrade their operating systems. By choosing to stick with Windows XP, users may be leaving themselves vulnerable to...more

In ESI Discovery: Are keywords, concepts and other searches simply antiques?

The discovery of electronically stored information (ESI) is loaded with potential pitfalls and failure unless the parties add two components to the mix: cooperation and collaboration. Lacking those components, ESI discovery,...more

ESI Discovery Best Practices, Part 3: You’ve identified ESI, now how do you go about collecting it?

My last blog generally addressed the rules applicable to best practices as to identification of Electronically Stored Information (ESI). Once the data identification process is complete, the next step is to determine...more

ESI Discovery Best Practices, Part 4 – Collection of ESI – Who should be doing it?

There is an ongoing debate about who should conduct ESI collection. This is critical, primarily because if collection is done improperly, it could lead to inadmissibility at trial, sanctions or both....more

A Primer on Technological Advances in E-Discovery

“E-discovery is pervasive. It’s like understanding civil procedure. You’re not going to be a civil litigator without understanding the rules of civil procedure. Similarly, you’re no longer going to be able to conduct...more

Lessons From A Cautionary Tale of Electronic Discovery Pitfalls in Health Care Litigation

E-discovery is especially challenging in healthcare related litigation due to the healthcare industry’s reliance on electronically stored information (ESI), the volume of medical records often at issue in health care...more

U.S. v. Ganias: Second Circuit Limits Government’s Ability to Use Electronic Material Seized Beyond Scope of Warrant for Different...

In a recent decision that provides important guidance in the developing law related to government seizure of electronic records in criminal investigations, on June 17, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second...more

Play Nice: Recent eDiscovery Decision Emphasizes Consistent Cooperation

In the weeks since Magistrate Judge Leen denied a late request to use predictive coding in a case before her, the e-discovery world is still abuzz over certain language included in her ruling. In the case in question,...more

This Article Will Self-Destruct: Your Employee’s Use of These ESI-Destroying Apps Could Subject You to Sanctions

In This Issue: - Can You Keep a Secret? There’s an App for That - Do Snapchat or Confide Produce “Documents” in the Eyes of the Law? What about Evidence? - Implications on Securities Fraud and Employment Issues...more

Standing Committee Approves Proposed Revised Rule 37(e)

The Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (Standing Committee) recently approved a revised Rule 37(e), which is intended to establish greater uniformity in the ways federal courts respond to the loss of electronically...more

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