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Second Circuit Eases Tension Between U.S. Discovery Requirements and EU Privacy Laws

Microsoft scored an important victory when the Second Circuit ruled that the government is not authorized to issue warrants for customer data stored overseas. In re Warrant to Search a Certain E-mail Account Controlled &...more

Second Circuit Holds that the U.S. Government Can’t Order Microsoft to Disclose Customer Emails Stored in Ireland

In a case closely watched by privacy advocates, on July 14, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Stored Communications Act (“SCA”) does not authorize U.S. law enforcement authorities to order U.S.-based companies...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

ALERT: New York Appellate Court Recognizes In-Firm Privilege

July 7, 2016 David P. Atkins On June 30, 2016, the New York State Appellate Division for the First Department (Manhattan) issued a significant decision on the scope of the so-called in-firm attorney-client privilege....more

The Failure to Issue a Legal Hold Can Cause a Case to Crash and Burn

Bruner v. Am. Honda Motor Co., No. 1:15-00499-N, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62810 (S.D. Ala. May 12, 2016). Where a defendant had never initiated a legal hold and had been continuously deleting e-mails since litigation began,...more

Want Sanctions? Establish That Relevant Information Was Actually Lost

FiTeq, Inc. v. Venture Corp., No. 13-cv-01946-BLF, 2016 WL 1701794 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 28, 2016). In an order disposing of eleven motions in limine, the court denied the plaintiff’s request for sanctions from alleged...more

Party’s Failure to Specify Objection in Refusing Discovery Request Results in Compelled Discovery (Pennsylvania)

Heller's Gas, Inc. v. Int'l Ins. Co. of Hannover Ltd., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 71069 (M.D. Pa. June 1, 2016) - In this insurance law case, the defendants moved the court to compel the plaintiff to produce “more complete...more

Court Holds High Bar for Imposing Sanctions under Rule 37(e) (Texas)

Orchestratehr, Inc. v. Trombetta, 2016 WL 1555784 (N.D. Tex. Apr. 18, 2016) - In this case regarding a non-compete agreement, plaintiffs motioned for sanctions against one of the defendants for deleting emails which they...more

Litigants Need to Prove Existence of Missing Data for FRCP 37(e) Sanctions California

FiTeq Inc. v. Venture Corp., 2016 WL 1701794 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 28, 2016) - In this contract law case, the plaintiff moved for sanctions against the defendant for failing to produce emails related to the litigation. Namely,...more

Case and Sanctions Dismissed in Light of New Evidence (New York)

CAT3, LLC v. Black Lineage, Inc., No. 14 Civ. 5511 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 4, 2016) - In this trademark infringement case, the parties stipulated to dismissal, with prejudice, of all remaining claims in the case. Previously, the...more

Court Denies Motion for a Negative Inference Based upon Plaintiff’s Alleged Deletion of Emails

In one of the first cases applying the 2016 amendments to the federal discovery rules, on March 11, 2016, Judge Pratter of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued a Memorandum Opinion...more

Data Hoarders: 5 Tips for Managing Large Volumes of Corporate Data Without Sacrificing Defensibility

We've all seen (or at least heard of) the TV show Hoarders. We may even have a few candidates for an episode in our own social circles. I once worked a summer helping clean up a pig farm turned junkyard, and in the first wave...more

Court Denies Motion to Compel Additional Email Searches on Proportionality Grounds (Washington)

Moore v. Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC, 2016 WL 687111 (W.D. Wash. Feb. 19, 2016) - In this discrimination case, the plaintiff filed a motion to compel email searches, arguing that the defendant’s initial searches were...more

Of backwoods towns, train-wrecks, and feuding neighbors (i.e., an Email warning) (law note)

What is it about train-wrecks that we all slow down to rubber-neck the blood, guts, and gore? Whatever the reason, we all love to watch a good fight– especially those on-line, where people treat one another less than human....more

Federal Court Offers Clues in How the Newly Amended Rule 37(e) Will Be Applied When Electronically Stored Information Is Not...

Among the most significant changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that went into effect in December 2015 were amendments to Rule 37(e), which defines spoliation in the context of electronically stored information...more

Court States that Plaintiffs’ Overly Broad Requests Do Not Justify Defendants’ Failure to Issue Litigation Hold (New York)

Stinson v. City of New York, 2016 WL 54684 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 5, 2016) - In this civil rights lawsuit, the court found the city-defendants to be grossly negligent in issuing and executing its litigation hold for the...more

Two Recent Delaware Decisions Further Illustrate The Scope Of Section 220 Discovery

Two recent Delaware Court of Chancery decisions demonstrate that narrow statutory standards continue to govern access to corporate books and records pursuant to Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporation Law. In the...more

Delaware's Court of Chancery Clarifies Scope of Inspection Under Books and Records Demands

In Amalgamated Bank v. Yahoo!, Inc., C.A. No. 10774-VCL (Del. Ch. Feb. 2, 2016), Plaintiff Amalgamated Bank’s Section 220 books and records demand sought, among other things, the emails of certain Yahoo officers and...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

Business Litigation Alert: "The Danger of Emails - A Cautionary Tale for the New Year"

Martin Shkreli was a lightning rod for controversy during the time he served as the CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, but it’s his actions from a previous company that are now landing him in serious legal hot water, and his own...more

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

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