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E-Discovery Update: Email Threading Cuts Costs, Reduces Production of Irrelevant, Potentially Privileged Documents

Email threading is becoming more and more prevalent in the world of e-discovery. It can be a valuable tool for cost-saving and efficiency in document review and production. Many parties are not familiar with or do not...more

You’ve Got Mail! But Can You Get It Into Evidence?

With the advent of electronic discovery, emails and web pages are now common and fertile areas of discovery. However, until its 2014-2015 term, the Rhode Island Supreme Court had not addressed the means by which emails and...more

Important Changes in Litigating Oil and Gas Cases in Federal Court: What the 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules Mean for Oil and...

Many oil and gas disputes are litigated in federal court. In recent years, federal litigation has undergone significant changes in discovery practices and rules. For example, with the increase in electronically stored...more

Proper Litigation Hold Results in Denial of Sanctions (Oregon)

Grove City Veterinary Serv., LLC v. Charter Prac. Int'l, LLC, 2015 WL 4937393 (D. Or. Aug. 18, 2015) - In this breach of contract case, the plaintiffs filed a motion for sanctions in which they alleged that the defendant...more

Looking Back on 2014: The 7 Most Important eDiscovery Cases in Delaware - Part 4

In the ISN case, the Petitioners filed a Petition for Appraisal, requesting that the Court make an independent valuation of the company under Section 262. In this Motion to Compel hearing, the Respondent called to the stand...more

Middle Market Company Focus: Avoiding Emails that Hurt or Embarrass Your Company

Email communication is vital to just about every business. But in-house counsel know that what employees write in an email can come back to haunt their company. Womble Carlyle attorney Meredith McKee and Carolinas...more

Court Grants Sanctions In Light of Reckless Failure to Preserve (Delaware)

Kan-Di-Ki, LLC v. Suer, 2015 WL 4503210 (Del. Ch. July 22, 2015). In this breach of contract case, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant engaged in suppression and spoliation of evidence when the defendant deleted...more

E-Discovery Update: Nonresponsive Attachments – In or Out?

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure state that "[p]arties may obtain discovery regarding any nonprivileged matter that is relevant to any party's claim or defense." Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(1) (emphasis added). In electronic...more

Court Follows Cost Shifting Analysis for Backup Tape Production (California)

United States ex rel. Carter v. Bridgepoint Educ., Inc., 305 F.R.D. 225 (S.D. Cal. 2015) - In this qui tam action claim case, the plaintiffs demanded that the defendants restore inaccessible ESI, specifically emails,...more

Preservation by Backup Tape – Your First Five Questions . . .

This is the inaugural post in Discovery Advocate’s new series, “Your First Five Questions,” in which we identify a question commonly (or sometimes not so commonly) seen in practice followed by the first five questions you...more

Court Affirms that Discovery Standard is Reasonableness, Not Perfection (Nebraska)

Malone v. Kantner Ingredients, Inc., 2015 WL 1470334 (D. Neb. Mar. 31, 2015). In this employment dispute, the plaintiffs moved for an order to request production of emails and invoices between the defendants and a...more

Collusion Course: The Limits of Hot Documents

Discovery in antitrust cases often involves a search for smoking-gun documents. Those documents can consist of emails proving that competitors conspired to raise prices, removing the difficulties faced by prosecutors or civil...more

Practical Strategies to Reduce the Risks and Costs of E-Discovery

As one federal court insightfully pointed out in a recent opinion, “litigations are fought and won with information.” But for an increasing number of companies, litigations are all too often lost with information as well,...more

Challenging Privilege Assertions: The Use and Abuse of Privilege in Class Action and Complex Litigation

Complex class action litigation involving major corporations can involve class periods going back years, with the potential for hundreds of thousands, or even millions of documents. Commonly included in such a document...more

Recent Developments in Court Decisions on E-discovery Issues

The duty to preserve and collect data that may be discoverable once litigation is reasonably anticipated is well established. The following are highlights from recent Court decisions affecting the eDiscovery process. Although...more

Court Finds No Spoliation after Deletion of Emails during Routine Audit (Missouri)

Gladue v. Saint Francis Medical Center, 2015 WL 1359091 (E.D. Mo. Mar. 24, 2015). In this employment case, the plaintiff sought sanctions for the spoliation of deleted emails. After the plaintiff had been terminated from...more

Finding the Needle When You Can’t Locate the Haystack – How do you narrow down the scope of e-discovery?

Joffe v. Google, No. 3:10-md-02184, currently pending in the Northern District of California, is predicted to be the biggest corporate wiretap case in history – assuming the plaintiffs have standing. ...more

E-Discovery and Information Management: New Email Retention Policy for New York State Heightens the Need to Timely Serve...

According to recent media reports, New York State has now implemented the 90-day email retention policy that was previously announced by the Cuomo Administration in June 2013. The reports indicate that various state agencies’...more

Looking Back on 2014: The 7 Most Important eDiscovery Cases in Delaware – Part 1

The Court of Chancery continued to focus on eDiscovery throughout 2014. During the next few weeks we will be recapping 7 cases that covered various topics including preservation, designation of confidential material and the...more

Failure to Produce Social Media Data Leads to Heavy Sanctions (Virginia)

Federico v. Lincoln Military Hous., 2014 WL 7447937 (E.D. Va. Dec. 31, 2014). In this tort action, the plaintiffs sought to recover damages allegedly caused by harmful mold in a military housing complex. The plaintiffs...more

Every Case Is an e-Discovery Case in Today’s Litigation Environment

Lawyers routinely negotiate the scope of litigation discovery demands. One such lawyer was recently faced with a wildly broad discovery demand for relevant emails from the time a product was manufactured more than fifteen...more

Plaintiff Does Not Offer Proportional Production Remedy, Court Denies “Discovery on Discovery” (New York)

Freedman v. Weatherford Int’l, 2014 WL 4547039 (S.D. N.Y. Sept. 12, 2014). In this securities fraud case, the plaintiff sought the production of search efficiency reports that were part of an investigation by third...more

PTAB Threatens Sanctions for Unauthorized E-mails

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., et al. v. Black Hills Media, LLC - Addressing a patent owner’s unauthorized e-mail arguing for additional discovery and the petitioner’s likewise unauthorized responsive e-mail, an...more

Email, But Don’t File, Exihbits for the Oral Hearing

In MotivePower, Inc. v. Cutsforth, Inc., IPR2013-00272, Paper 30 (August 5, 2014), one of the parties mistakenly filed, rather than emailed, their exhibits for the Oral Hearing. ...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

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