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The New Rule 37(e) Pushes Forward

The proposed revision of Rule 37(e), which recently cleared another hurdle in the rulemaking process, could dramatically limit the exposure companies face from spoliation claims. It may also go too far....more

PersonalWeb v. Google: Duty to Preserve Emails Began When Patent Was Acquired

PersonalWeb Technologies, LLC ("PersonalWeb") filed a patent infringement action against Google for infringement of its "Truenames" patents. Google filed a motion for sanctions based on a contention that PersonalWeb...more

District Court Refuses to Vacate Sanctions Ruling for Spoliation after Settlement

Digital-Vending Services International, LLC ("Digital-Vending") filed a patent infringement action against The University of Phoenix, Inc. and Apollo Group, Inc. ("Defendants"). During the course of the litigation, the...more

Sanctions ordered against business for unintentional failure to protect evidence in anticipation of litigation

Following a broadening trend, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California recently held that a party is subject to sanctions – including an adverse inference instruction at trial – for negligently failing...more

Google Case Provides Spoliation Exception to Living Document Safeguard

Google has come under scrutiny in the last few years over collecting information from users’ email accounts to provide targeted advertising for its paid clients. ...more

The Dog Ate My Evidence: Document Destruction Policies And The Duty To Preserve

In This Issue: - The Duty to Preserve ..What triggers the duty to preserve? ..Who has a duty to preserve? ..What is the scope of the duty to preserve? - Litigation Hold Notices - Potential...more

October 2013 Bonus Case Summaries: New York: Commonly Occurring Incidents Trigger a Duty to Preserve

Taylor v. City of New York, 2013 WL 4744806 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 4, 2013). In this criminal law case, the plaintiff moved for sanctions for spoliation of video footage of a fight between prison inmates. ...more

October 2013 Bonus Case Summaries: West Virginia: Defendants’ Spoliation Warrants Costs and Fees

Clay v. Consol Pennsylvania Coal Co. LLC, 2013 WL 4854746 (N.D.W. Va. Sept. 11, 2013). In this racial discrimination case, the plaintiff moved for spoliation sanctions after the defendants failed to provide plaintiff with...more

[Legal Perspective] When Is It NOT Okay to Delete Your Social Media Account? [Video]

Is it ever NOT okay to delete your social media account? That's the question we ask in this JD Supra Legal Perspective. And for an answer, we look at recent coverage of a case in which an airline worker in New Jersey...more

No, You Can’t Deactivate Your Facebook Account When Litigation Is Pending

A federal magistrate judge in New Jersey recently sanctioned a plaintiff for evidence spoliation after he deactivated his Facebook account during litigation, resulting in its permanent deletion by Facebook after 14 days...more

Spoliation Sanction For Deactivating Facebook Account

In a recent decision from the District of New Jersey, Gatto v. United Air Lines, Inc, et al., No. 10-cv-1090, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 41909 (D.N.J. March 25, 2013), the Court found that the Plaintiff had destroyed and/or failed...more

Social Media in Litigation

The first quarter of 2013 was among the busiest yet for developments in the use of social media in litigation. First, courts have continued to weigh in on the extent to which a party can obtain discovery of an opposing...more

The Duty To Preserve Social Media Information

It is not, as many recent articles and blogs have discussed, just about whether relevant social media information can be discovered by one party in a lawsuit. It is also about what happens when a party fails to preserve...more

Electronic Discovery: Avoiding Disaster: 2013 Zubulake Updates

It is always a good idea to Shepardize or Keycite important cases, especially when the case involves the ever evolving area of e-discovery. We find ourselves always checking the cases in our CLE entitled “Electronic...more

S.D.N.Y. Sanctions Ryan Leslie For Negligently Destroying His Laptop’s Hard Drive

It is not really a surprise when a celebrity makes the news after being sued; we see it happen all time. Those cases typically involve some sort of misconduct, domestic issue, or some other media-driven dispute. It is not...more

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