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Another Rematch Between Tech Companies and the Government over the Territorial Reach of the Stored Communications Act

Lawyers for the tech community are gearing up for argument next month in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, seeking to overturn another magistrate’s order that requires digital information stored outside of the U.S. to...more

Are the Bad Old Days of Blind Stonewalling in Discovery Finally Coming to a Close?

by Carlton Fields on

When I started as a litigator in 2001, a technique I call “blind stonewalling” ruled discovery practice everywhere from BigLaw to the smallest boutiques. But the slow evolution of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP),...more

Texas Supreme Court Says ‘Proportionality Is the Polestar’ in E-Discovery

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In re State Farm Lloyds, No. 15-0903, 2017 BL 177212 (Tex. May 26, 2017). In this discovery dispute, the Texas Supreme Court “elucidate[d] the guiding principles” that govern discovery by concluding that its state rules...more

You’ve Got (E-)Mail! Can Your Survivors Access It After Your Death?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

E-mail is seemingly omnipresent. Day in and day out, we use it in our business, social, and personal affairs. Yet, the improvements to the technology associated with e-mail have far outpaced the development of the law...more

Court Finds That Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claims Is Preempted By Trade Secrets Claim

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In Super Starr Int’l, LLC v. Fresh Tex Produce, LLC, a Texas entity that distributes produce throughout the United States filed suit against another Texas entity that imports foreign grown produce into the United States and...more

How to Catch Trade Secret Thieves Who Try to Cover Their Tracks: A Forensic Perspective

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As a special feature of our blog—special guest postings by experts, clients, and other professionals—please enjoy this blog entry from Jonathan Karchmer, a senior managing consultant at iDiscovery Solutions with experience in...more

Stakeholder Symphony: 4 Ways Orchestrated E-Discovery Cuts Costs, Delays, and Errors

by Exterro, Inc. on

New Tech, Old Tricks: New technologies, data types, applications, updates to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, case law – E-Discovery is evolving faster than ever. And while many legal teams are investing in...more

Bullet-Point Update: Electronic and Federal Court Discovery Issues for the Week of July 14, 2017

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Cloud Computing - • Use this to convince your clients that their cloud storage may be discoverable: Open Text Corp. v. Grimes, 2017 WL 2733937 (D. Md. June 26, 2017) (Noting earlier entry of an agreed order requiring a...more

Court Rules that Plaintiff’s Request for Data from Defendant is “Extraordinarily Burdensome”: eDiscovery Case Week

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In Solo v. United Parcel Services Co., No. 14-12719 (E.D. Mich. Jan. 10, 2017), Michigan Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen agreed that the defendant showed that the level of data requested by the plaintiff “would be...more

Need an “Assist” with Your eDiscovery Practices? Get an eDiscovery Assistant!: eDiscovery Best Practices

by CloudNine on

eDiscovery Assistant™ is a site developed by ESI Attorneys that was built by attorneys and information law practitioners to provide several resources to help people get started — faster and with confidence — in eDiscovery. ...more

Want to Peek at Your Employee’s Email? Be Careful!

Can you look at an employee’s personal email account if you access it on company equipment? A recent opinion from the federal District Court of Maryland should at least make you think twice before doing that. In Levin, et al....more

Review Of Previously Opened Email May Violate SCA

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In the midst of a heated litigation commenced by an employer against its former employee for alleged violations of a non-compete agreement, an employee returned the cell phone she used during her employment. Prior to...more

Cloud Data is Within Defendant’s Possession, Custody and Control, Court Rules: eDiscovery Case Law

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This case is a few months old, but is one of the cases we will cover in next week’s webcast Key eDiscovery Case Law Review for First Half of 2017. In Williams v. Angie’s List, No. 1:16-00878-WTL-MJD (S.D. Ind. April 10,...more

The Seven Commandments of Proportionality in ESI*

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In In Re State Farm Lloyds, (Texas Supreme Court [May 26, 2017] 2017 WL 2323099), the Supreme Court of Texas elaborated on the standard applied to evaluate and resolve production disputes. Specifically, the Court opined...more

Former Employee Need Not Allege Emails Were Unopened to Assert Claim of Unauthorized Access Under Stored Communications Act

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Earlier this month, a federal court denied an employer’s motion to dismiss a claim that it violated the Stored Communications Act (SCA) by accessing a former employee’s personal emails, concluding that the plaintiff need not...more

Bullet-Point Update: Electronic and Federal Court Discovery Issues for the Week of July 7, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

Cloud Computing - Use this to convince your clients that their cloud storage will be discoverable: PC Connection, Inc. v. Mereos, 2017 WL 1078121 (D. Md. March 22, 2017)(Awarding emergency injunction requiring independent...more

Court Limits Burden for Defendant to Search Loan Numbers, Splits Costs Between Parties: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Phoenix Light SF Ltd. v. Deutsche Bank Nat’l Trust Co., No. 14cv10103 (JGK)(DF) (S.D.N.Y. June 5, 2017), New York Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman granted the plaintiffs’ motion to compel in part, ordering the defendant to...more

The Challenge of Releasing Legal Holds and Disposing of ESI

by Exterro, Inc. on

On paper, releasing a legal hold seems fairly straightforward. A matter reaches a resolution, preservation obligations are lifted, the legal team informs custodians and data stewards that they are no longer required to retain...more

Failure to Prove ‘Intent to Deprive’ Web Browser History Robs Plaintiff of Sanctions

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Eshelman v. Puma Biotech., Inc., No. 7:16-CV-18-D, 2017 WL 2483800 (E.D.N.C. June 7, 2017). In this defamation case, the court denied a jury instruction for spoliation where the plaintiff failed to prove that the defendant...more

DOJ Asks SCOTUS to Take on Microsoft Case and Verizon Suffers its own Data Breach: eDiscovery Trends

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A rare two-topic day, but both are notable… Remember the Microsoft Ireland Warrant case, where the Second Circuit reversed earlier rulings and denied the government’s efforts to compel Microsoft to provide emails in that...more

Securing Your Firm or Business Before (And If) an Employee Betrays You

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Imagine that several months ago, you hired an energetic employee that originally had a lot of ideas for the growth of your company, but now just has a lot of excuses for poor performance. You can't prove it, you've heard...more

The EDiscovery Outcome Economy Part One: Why We Need to Focus on Case Insights

by Baker Donelson on

To be valuable, eDiscovery needs to ensure the greatest usability of all data reviewed and produced. Every dollar spent should buy more than mere compliance; it should buy valuable case insights. While it is easy to focus...more

Solicitor General Urges Supreme Court Review of Second Circuit Microsoft Decision

On June 23, 2017, the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court requesting reversal of a 2016 decision in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

Use of Text Messaging Should Change the Nature of Evidence Gathering in Internal Investigations

It doesn’t take a millennial to know that these days not all pertinent business-related communications are to be found on corporate e-mail servers. As we have increasingly seen in recent internal investigations, the most...more

Is the eDiscovery Business “Tide” Rising or Falling?: eDiscovery Trends

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In eDiscovery business, are you swept away with optimism or feeling under water? Voice your opinion in the latest quarterly eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey! This time, it’s the Summer 2017 eDiscovery Business...more

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