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Trends, Challenges, Tech: E-Discovery Enters a New Era

E-Discovery is no longer in its infancy. A decade has passed since the 2006 FRCP amendment that made ESI discoverable, and in that time legal teams have been working out how best to successfully accomplish this process. ...more

Top Considerations When Building BYOD Policies

In a recent article, my Kroll Ontrack colleague Vikas Pall wrote about the growing concerns over bring your own device (BYOD) policies. Today’s employees integrate their personal and professional lives, and the use of...more

2015 Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Amendments: A Powerful Discovery Tool

The amended rules aid in controlling the scope of discovery and managing its risks. Two months have passed since the effective date of the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are applicable to...more

Guide to ESI Preservation Responsibilities 2016

Abstract - A guide for clients, lawyers, information technology staff and others interested in the litigation-related obligation to preserve electronically stored information (ESI) in United States litigation. The...more

Amendments to ESI Spoliation Sanctions Seek to Create Uniformity in Federal Courts

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) sets forth the requirements for the retention of electronically stored information ("ESI") and the corresponding sanctions available to remedy the loss of ESI. New amendments to Rule...more

Retooling Your Practice Under the New Rules with The Sedona Conference Institute: a Case Summary (Part 2)

Every year, The Sedona Conference Institute keeps us ahead of the e-discovery curve with panels such as the famous Case Law Update and Judicial Roundtable. This year’s Institute will be devoted to the changes in the Federal...more

Groundhog Day: Don’t Get Stuck When Collecting New Data Types

February 2nd is Groundhog Day, and while we all know of the tradition of Punxsutawney Phil’s famous shadow forecasting the arrival of spring, many of us can’t help but think of the 1993 film starring Bill Murray. In it, he...more

E-Discovery and Information Management: New Federal Rules Provide Welcome Relief to Businesses Facing Electronic Document...

A recent amendment to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) abrogates a series of federal court decisions that imposed harsh "adverse inference" sanctions on litigants that failed to initiate litigation holds to preserve...more

The Shape of (Discovery) Things To Come?

We assume that all of our readers by now know that significant changes to the federal discovery rules went into effect on December 1, 2015. We’ve posted about them frequently. We’re not going to bore you by describing the...more

Three Things Every Employer Should Know About E-Discovery

E-discovery. If this word strikes terror into your heart, you are not alone. Already a formidable task, discovery became exponentially more onerous with the advent of modern technology. Instead of just looking through a file...more

Amendments to FRCP 26(b) Put Significant Emphasis on Proportionality

Revisions to several key provisions of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure took effect on December 1, 2015, and will have a significant impact on discovery procedure and practice in federal court. The aim of these revisions...more

Plaintiff Lacks Control of Employees’ Personal Accounts, Motion to Compel Denied (California)

Matthew Enter. v. Chrysler Grp., 2015 WL 8482256 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 10, 2015) - In this case, the defendant moved to compel additional ESI, including emails from employees’ corporate Gmail accounts and financial documents....more

Judge v. Attorney: Exterro Releases its 2nd Annual Federal Judges Survey

The digital age is sweet. The things that are a part of everyday life today were only sci-fi realities a few years ago. But the problem that comes with any age of advancement is the need for debate and analysis. Too often,...more

The Top Seven Takeaways from the December, 2015 Federal Rules Amendments

Can rule changes streamline litigation to make discovery proportional to the case, improve case management, cut down foot-dragging in response to document requests, eliminate “over-preservation” of records and expedite...more

Taking Advantage of New Safe Harbor Against Discovery Sanctions

As your company wrestles with how to manage the virtual mountains of electronically stored information (ESI) that are created in today’s workplace, you may continue to wonder what steps to take to preserve information when...more

Changes to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Affecting Patent Litigation

On December 1, 2015, various amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (“Federal Rules”) went into effect. Several rule changes are already having a significant effect on litigation in general, and patent litigation...more

Key Considerations for Bankruptcy Practitioners Regarding Amended Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Recent changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure will significantly alter the discovery proceedings in bankruptcy proceedings, particularly in adversary proceedings. See Fed. R. Bankr. P. Part VII (applying FRCP to...more

Litigation Discovery and the New Federal Rules

Trying to make the best of rules open to highly subjective interpretation… Discovery in litigation is the heart of the process. It is the system by which parties can obtain evidence from other parties and refine...more

Supreme Analysis: Chief Justice John Roberts on E-Discovery

Since December 1st there have been numerous articles written on what the changes to the FRCP might mean for those of us working in E-Discovery. But if you really want to know the scoop, go straight to the top. The Supreme...more

Our 2016 Resolutions for eDiscovery, Part 1

As we welcome the new year, it’s time for many of us to make resolutions. After consulting our crystal ball, here are our suggestions for ways to handle the new normal counsel will face in 2016....more

Predictions (and hopes) for e-discovery in 2016

While 2015 will likely be remembered as the year the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were substantively overhauled to resolve many persistent issues related to e-discovery, 2016 quietly marks ten years since the Federal...more

The Updated Pulse Benchmarks Have Arrived

Don’t miss a beat; the updated Pulse Benchmarks have arrived! Kroll Ontrack’s ediscovery.com Pulse keeps track of changes in the ediscovery market. The Pulse Benchmarks provide real-time data that can help practitioners...more

E-Discovery Update: Discovery on Discovery Frowned Upon

Courts continue to view “discovery on discovery” - or discovery requests seeking information related to counsel’s attempts to preserve, collect and search data - with skepticism. See Banks v. St. Francis Health Ctr., Inc.,...more

Trusts and Estates News: Your Will is Done, What About Your Powers of Attorney?

Many people assume that an estate plan is limited to their will and/or trust. However, there is often a period of disability prior to death during which important health care and financial decisions need to be made. This...more

The Revised Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Proportionality is King

As most federal practitioners are aware, certain amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure took effect on December 1, 2015. The underlying objective of this year’s amendments is to resolve cases more quickly, more...more

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