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Non-Party Document Discovery in Arbitration: Does It Exist?

Limited discovery (and the associated cost savings) is often touted as one of the benefits of arbitration over traditional litigation. Parties are generally confident that even the scaled-back discovery devices available in...more

Before You Push Play – Important Considerations When Using Videotaped Depositions at Trial

Videotaped depositions can be an effective trial tool. When using video at trial, however, attorneys must remain mindful of the court record. Often, especially for long excerpts, court reporters at trial do not see the need...more

Looking to Gather Evidence in the US? Here's How to Get it Done.

It’s an often overlooked fact that non-US litigants can use the United States’ broad discovery regime to gather evidence for non-US proceedings. For foreign applicants, US discovery laws essentially create a way to obtain...more

You Can’t Delete and You Can’t “Hide” (New York)

Thurmond v. Bowman, 2016 WL 1295957 (W.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2016) - In this Fair Housing Act case, the defendants motioned for sanctions against the plaintiff for deleting Facebook posts. The plaintiff argued that the posts...more

Tips for Dealing with a Difficult Deponent

If you take depositions, it’s inevitable that you’ll encounter deponents who are difficult to question. In addition to maintaining a professional manner, consider using one or more of the following strategies, based on the...more

Depositions in Paris

Taking depositions in Paris sounds like a glamorous time, until you read the fine print, that is. Your head likely will be spinning so much that you may as well be reading French. Unless, of course, you are fluent in...more

Amendments to the Federal Civil Rules May Carry Unintended Consequences

The overarching goal of the recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure is described in the new text of Rule One – which promotes the “just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action and proceeding.”...more

Handy-Dandy Checklist for Admissibility of Electronic Evidence

For years we’ve advocated about ediscovery for defendants – consisting mostly of material gathered from a plaintiff’s social media postings. OK, so let’s assume some degree of success. Defense-side ediscovery has generated...more

To Speak or Not to Speak: The “Personal Knowledge” Requirement of a Corporate Representative

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 30(b)(6) permits a corporate representative to testify during deposition about matters within the corporation’s knowledge. This testimony does not require the corporate representative to have...more

Testing for Junk Science in the Discovery Process

What is the “Daubert” standard supposed to test? Daubert v Merrill Dow Pharmaceuticals, 509 US 579 (1993). Daubert and the Federal Rule of Evidence 702 are intended to allow the court to act as a gatekeeper in keeping...more

Google Searches & Jury Selection: What Role Should Social Media Have in Voir Dire?

We have written previously about the role of traditional discovery roles in “newer” platforms, and how social media content can be discoverable and used in litigation. What about using information from social media in jury...more

Court Emphasizes Proportionality under Amended Rule 26(b)(1) (New York)

Henry v. Morgan’s Hotel Group, 2016 WL 303114 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 25, 2016) - In this discrimination case, the court held that third-party subpoenas violated the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, particularly Fed. R. Civ. P....more

The E-Discovery Digest - February 2016

This is the third edition of The E-Discovery Digest, a periodic publication on notable decisions relating to key discovery topics. It is designed to keep clients up to date on the evolving state of the law regarding discovery...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

Is Discovery of Private Facebook Postings On Equal Footing With General Discovery Principles?

Are private Facebook postings entitled to more stringent protections from civil discovery? A significant string of New York Appellate Division decisions seemed to suggest that they are. But a divided panel in Forman v....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

Rule 26: What’s New, What’s Old, and What Still Needs to be Litigated

The amendments to Rules 26(b)(1) and 26(b)(2)(C) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure have been in effect for almost two months now. They are expected to change the way lawyers manage discovery and the way courts resolve...more

Court Finds Sanctions Inappropriate Following Plaintiff’s Failure to Establish Prejudice (Georgia)

West v. Talton, 2015 WL 6675565 (M.D. Ga. Nov. 2, 2015) - In this case, the court granted the defendants’ motion to exclude plaintiff’s use of any argument or evidence of alleged spoliation. The plaintiff discovered that...more

Pro Te: Solutio Vol. 8 No. 3

Dear Client - Coming to a court near you (and soon): In our first article, “The 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: What You Need to Know,” we highlight upcoming changes that will impact discovery...more

The Hong Kong Competition Ordinance - December 2015, the D Day

On 14 June 2012, the Hong Kong Legislative Council passed the first cross-sector competition law in Hong Kong, the Competition Ordinance (Ordinance). The Ordinance created the Competition Commission (the Commission), which...more

Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Effective December 1, 2015

If you read only this… - New amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure became effective December 1, 2015, governing all subsequent civil cases and all proceedings currently pending, to the extent such...more

The New Rules: Making Lawsuits Speedier and Less Expensive

Be prepared, litigators, amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are coming on December 1, 2015. These changes represent the Advisory Committee’s attempt to fulfill Rule 1’s goal of “just, speedy, and inexpensive”...more

The Alabama Supreme Court Reverses Course on the Broad Use of Prepetition Discovery

Although this Alabama Supreme Court opinion was released in February of this year, my recent dealings on the topic have prompted me to highlight how the Alabama Supreme Court has reigned in the liberal use of prepetition...more

CLIENT ALERT: Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Amendments to Take Effect December 1, 2015

On December 1, 2015, amendments to Rules 1, 4, 16, 26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 37, 55 and 84 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure will become effective. These amendments were originally approved by the Judicial Conference in...more

Social Media and Practice: Questions Attorneys Should Ask Now

Social media users number in the billions. Facebook counts over 1.4 billion users, LinkedIn has 347 million members, Instagram has 300 million, Twitter has nearly 290 million, and YouTube reports more than a billion users....more

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