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Court of Chancery Applies Privilege Non-Waiver Rule

by Morris James LLP on

In Re Cellular Telephone Partnership Litigation, C.A. No. 6885-VCL (Aug. 29, 2017) - This is an interesting decision because it applies a recent addition to the Delaware Rules of Evidence, Rule 510(f), which allows a court...more

Federal Circuit Says PTO Submissions can Waive Privilege to Future Communications

On July 20, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in In re OptumInsight denied OptumInsight’s petition for writ of mandamus on privilege waiver. The court held that the District Court for the...more

Causation Testimony Excluded in Heart-Lung Bypass Machine Death Case – Again

by Reed Smith on

Not even three weeks ago, back on July 28, we discussed the court’s rigorous application of Daubert in excluding expert medical causation opinions in Smith v. Terumo Cardiovascular Sys. Corp., a federal case in the district...more

“Toxic” Hearsay Upends Murder Convictions for Member of Bronx Drug Trafficking Crew

In a rare move, the Second Circuit (Jacobs, Pooler, Hall) overturned Armani Cummings’s convictions for murder, conspiracy, and multiple drugs and firearms offenses. The Court reversed based on violation of the hearsay...more

The Quiet Amendment: How E-Discovery Practitioners Benefit from Upcoming Changes to FRE Rule 902

by Exterro, Inc. on

A year and a half ago, the world of e-discovery was abuzz with Federal Rules amendment talk. And rightly so – the changes then greatly affected the process, particularly with Reasonableness (Rule 37) and Proportionality (Rule...more

Privilege Waiver: Is Your File-Sharing Site a Public Park Bench?

While courts and the Federal Rules of Evidence take an increasingly pragmatic approach to the question of when inadvertent disclosure of privileged information results in waiver, a recent federal magistrate’s ruling serves as...more

Divided Panel Debates a Jury’s Ability to Resist the Persuasive Power of Hollywood

In United States v. Monsalvatge (Nos. 14-1113, 14-1139, and 14-1206), a divided panel of the Second Circuit explored the contentious topic of introducing blockbuster films as evidence in a criminal prosecution. Defendants...more

New Amendments to Federal Rule of Evidence 902 Implicate Electronic Data Collection and Authentication

by Reed Smith on

Two proposed amendments to Federal Rule of Evidence 902 could have a significant impact on the collection of electronically stored information (ESI) and its admission at trial. While these amendments were aimed at reducing...more

And Now – From the Same Court That Gave Us Engle….

by Reed Smith on

That’s Engle v. Liggett Group, Inc., 945 So. 2d 1246 (Fla. 2006), the most bizarre use of res judicata that we’ve ever seen – giving preclusive effect to a class action verdict despite also finding that the class was not...more

Second Circuit Rules That Defendant Who Pleads Guilty Mid-Trial May Testify as Cooperating Witness Against Former Co-Defendants

On Wednesday, February 15, the Second Circuit issued a published opinion in United States v. Barret, No. 12-4663(L) (Pooler, Hall, Carney), addressing an issue of first impression in the Circuit—whether testimony of a former...more

More Proposed Changes to the Federal Rules that Will Inevitably Impact Electronic Discovery and Federal Practitioners

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The Federal Rules are undergoing more changes! And, effective December 1, 2017, there will be two new Federal Rules of Evidence (Rules 902[13], [14]) that will directly impact e-discovery in the federal courts. These Rule...more

‘Ancient’ Data (and Documents): Prepare for Federal Changes to a Long-standing Hearsay Exception

by BakerHostetler on

Unbeknownst to many, changes to the Federal Rules of Evidence governing the hearsay exception for ancient documents (FRE 803(16)), and additional rules governing self-authentication of evidence generated by electronic...more

D.C. appellate court strikes another nail in the coffin for the Frye test

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In a striking decision that has the civil litigation bar abuzz about its implications, the D.C. court that first introduced us to the Frye test has now overturned it in favor of Daubert. What distinguishes the court’s...more

Activity Tracker Data: Can Your Step Count Be the Key to Winning or Losing a Lawsuit?

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

In 2015, the Fitbit was one of the most popular holiday gifts ordered on Amazon. With the holidays fast approaching, activity trackers such as Fitbit®, Jawbone®, Garmin®, and the Apple Watch® will be popular holiday gifts...more

District of Columbia Court of Appeals Adopts FRE 702 as the Legal Standard for the Admissibility of Expert Testimony

Key Points - - The District of Columbia Court of Appeals has adopted Federal Rule of Evidence 702 as the legal standard for determining the admissibility of expert testimony in the District of Columbia in all cases,...more

Federal Patent-Agent Privilege Not Recognized in Texas State Courts

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Finding that Texas state courts lacked authority to recognize common-law discovery privileges, the Texas Court of Appeals for the Fifth District refused to recognize the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s recently...more

Mediation Privilege – Federal v. State Law Applicability

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Mediation Privilege – Federal v. State Law Applicability In Re: TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation; Sony Electronics, Inc. et al. v. Hannstar Display Corp. U.S. Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit (September 1, 2016)...more

The SEC Retains its House Advantage During Administrative Proceedings

Amendments to the Rules of Practice Do Little to Address Criticism that the Deck is Stacked - Facing pressure from industry practitioners and in the wake of constitutional challenges in multiple jurisdictions, the...more

An Investigative Piece on Clawback Agreements

Who: Clawback agreement; alias: Rule 502 Agreement. What: A mechanism to take back inadvertently disclosed privileged and/or confidential information and protect against an argument that you waived privilege....more

Will the Ancient Document Exception to the Hearsay Rule become Ancient History?

by Wilson Elser on

The federal judiciary has proposed amending the Federal Rules of Evidence (FRE) by abrogating Rule 803(16) regarding the “ancient documents” exception to the hearsay rule (the Rule)....more

JSH Reporter - Summer 2016

We are excited to announce the launch of our Summer 2016 JSH Reporter! The JSH Reporter is designed to provide information about changes in the law and how these affect a variety of industries. In this issue, you will...more

Federal Court Travels “Wayback” and Takes Judicial Notice of Internet Archive

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Trademark attorneys often must determine when a third-party used a mark in commerce and the extent and nature of such use, particularly when considering whether to take legal action against a third party for the unauthorized...more

The Internet Archive Wayback Machine: A Useful IP Litigation Tool, But Is It Admissible?

The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine archives copies of websites every few weeks or months, going back to 1996. The Wayback Machine currently has almost 500 billion archived webpages. By entering a website into the Wayback...more

Is Evidence of Juror Bias in Deliberations Admissible? Supreme Court to Decide

What happens in the jury room, stays in the jury room. Except when it doesn’t. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal of a Colorado man whose counsel learned, after the guilty verdict was rendered,...more

Class Actions and the Continued Significance of Arbitration Agreements

The recently released Carlton Fields 2016 Class Action Survey reports that class actions are up for the first time in four years. While data privacy class actions still make up a relatively small portion of class action...more

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