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Welcome to the newest issue of Socially Aware, our Burton Award winning guide to the law and business of social media. In this edition, we present a “grand unifying theory” of today’s leading technologies and the legal...more
When a business is faced with the potential for litigation, it is imperative that all evidence be preserved to avoid the dreaded “s” word: spoliation. Starbucks Corporation recently learned this lesson the hard way when a...more
On April 30, 2015, the International Trade Commission issued the public version of its opinion reviewing ALJ Thomas B. Pender’s Initial Determination in Investigation No. 337-TA-883, finding the Respondents in default due to...more
As social media has become ubiquitous, courts are wrestling with more discovery disputes involving social media accounts.
In a recent case, Crowe v. Marquette Transportation Co. Gulf-Inland, LLC, the plaintiff...more
Advantor Systems Corp. v. DRS Technical Services, Inc., 2015 WL 403308 (M.D. Fl. Jan. 28, 2015).
In this non-disclosure case, the plaintiff sought sanctions after the defendant reformatted an employee laptop, allegedly...more
What ethical obligations does a Florida attorney have when advising a client to remove material from social media sites before litigation? Until recently, it was an open question; however, on Jan. 23, 2015, The Florida Bar’s...more
January 27 at the Marchuk v. Faruqi sexual harassment trial: Judge Alvin Hellerstein has denied Alexandra Marchuk’s request for an adverse inference instruction based on Faruqi’s destruction of the alleged blood-stained...more
PARENTAL ADVISORY: This is testimony in a sexual harassment case, so it’s necessarily NSFW (Not Suitable For Work. Unless you’re an employment lawyer or HR professional, in which case it’s AIADW (All In A Day’s Work).)...more
This one should be pretty obvious, but for the record, it’s never a good idea to destroy potential evidence.
For better or worse, however, it looks like the possible destruction of evidence will now be the focal point...more
What happens when your dream vacation turns into a nightmare? That’s easy; it’s America, so obviously you sue everyone who may be responsible. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, the opposing side may not comply with e-discovery...more
An Indiana gambler lost another hand in the latest ruling by the Tax Court on his continuing discovery disputes with the Indiana Department of Revenue. On September 18th the Court denied Nick Popovich’s motion for default...more
Automated Solutions Corp. v. Paragon Data Sys., Inc., 2014 WL 2869286 (6th Cir. June 25, 2014).
In this copyright infringement case, the plaintiff appealed a lower court’s ruling that denied the spoliation sanctions...more
On July 3, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court issued an opinion intended to clarify the circumstances in which a trial court may impose sanctions for spoliation, including specifically the submission of a spoliation instruction to...more
A recent Texas Supreme Court decision has important implications for the policies companies follow in Texas to avoid accusations that they have tampered with evidence or destroyed records improperly. The Supreme Court...more
The sanctions recently levied against Foot Locker serve as a potent reminder that understanding data and document preservation requirements is imperative. A New York federal judge issued sanctions against Foot Locker last...more
Acknowledging increasing difficulties associated with maintaining large volumes of electronic information in today's digital age, the Texas Supreme Court recently issued its opinion in Brookshire Bros. v. Aldridge. The...more
In Automated Solutions Corp. v. Paragon Data Systems, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 11918 (6th Cir. June 25, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit provided a close examination of the standards required for...more
The court holds that, with rare exception, intent is required for spoliation instructions in Texas.
On July 3, the Texas Supreme Court issued its ruling in Brookshire Brothers, Ltd. v. Aldridge, holding, with a narrow...more
After years of awaiting clarity from the Supreme Court of Texas regarding spoliation under Texas law, the Supreme Court issued a significant decision that will shift how Texas state courts handle civil jury instructions...more
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 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
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
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
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
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
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