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E-Discovery Update: Jury Still Out on Whether New Federal Rules Will Significantly Impact Discovery

As noted in our December e-discovery update, the much-discussed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure became effective December 1, 2015. One of the most notable amendments was the limitation on the scope of...more

Georgia Appellate Court Holds Malpractice Coverage Suit Must Be Arbitrated

The Court of Appeals of Georgia recently affirmed a trial court’s ruling compelling arbitration in a malpractice coverage dispute. McLarens Young International Inc. (McLarens) and American Safety Casualty Insurance Company...more

Court Denies Motion to Compel Under Newly Amended FRCP 26(b)(1) (California)

Gilead Sciences v. Merck, 2016 WL 146574 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 13, 2016) - In this patent infringement case, the defendant sought additional discovery on the contents of certain “tubes of compounds” that the plaintiff’s...more

Court Applies New FRCP 26, Awards Production of Documents (Texas)

Carr v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 2015 WL 8010920 (N.D. Tex. Dec. 7, 2015) - In this auto accident case, the defendant sought to compel production regarding documents reflecting payments that the plaintiff...more

New York District Court Holds TCPA Claim Within Scope of Arbitration Provision

Plaintiff brought suit against a credit card company, alleging the company violated the TCPA by autodialing her cell phone without consent. The calls at issue were made in conjunction with a “big box” electronic store card,...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

Employers Should Not Rely on Employer Handbooks to Create Enforceable Arbitration Agreements

In a recent published opinion, the New Jersey Appellate Division held that an arbitration clause in an employee handbook was unenforceable because the handbook also contained standard disclaimer language stating that the...more

An Increased Emphasis on “Proportional Discovery”

Magistrate Judge Grewal has denied a motion to compel discovery because the requests were “disproportionate,” alluding to the requirement in newly amended Rule 26(b)(1), F.R.Civ.P., that the discovery sought should be...more

Arbitration Provision Which Completely Prohibited Any Discovery Enforced By NC Business court.

I don't draft arbitration provisions in agreements, but if I did I would not draft one like the one in Taggart v. Physicians Pharmacy Alliance, Inc. Not because it turned out to be unenforceable, but because it was found to...more

Litigation Discovery and the New Federal Rules

Trying to make the best of rules open to highly subjective interpretation… Discovery in litigation is the heart of the process. It is the system by which parties can obtain evidence from other parties and refine...more

Privilege not Waived for Inadequate Privilege Log

Catalina Yacht Club, et al. v. The Superior Court of Orange County, et al. - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three (December 4, 2015) - Courts have broad discretion to impose sanctions of...more

Court Denies Reconsideration Of Order Staying Action To Compel Arbitration

A federal district court refused to reconsider its order staying Allstate’s action to compel arbitration against its insured, A.O. Smith. The case involved a Settlement/Coverage-in Place Agreement between A.O. Smith and...more

No Arbitration for Masseuse

The Tenth Circuit just ruled that an arbitration agreement between a massage student and her school was not enforceable, because it would not permit the effective vindication of the student’s statutory rights. Nesbitt v....more

E-Discovery Update: Discovery on Discovery Frowned Upon

Courts continue to view “discovery on discovery” - or discovery requests seeking information related to counsel’s attempts to preserve, collect and search data - with skepticism. See Banks v. St. Francis Health Ctr., Inc.,...more

Court Denies Party’s Motion To Compel Arbitration And Stay Court Proceedings Due To Party’s Waiver Of Arbitration Rights By...

A Colorado federal court denied a party’s motion to compel arbitration, finding that the party had previously waived its right to arbitrate the dispute by defaulting and failing to pay its share of arbitration fees in an...more

Court Grants Motion To Compel Arbitration, Finding That Issue Of Consolidation Is Question For Arbitrator, Not Court

An Illinois federal court recently granted an insurer’s motion to compel arbitration of a dispute with its insureds and denied the insureds’ motion to dismiss and transfer venue. This dispute arose under four written...more

Court Utilizes “Best Judgment” in Light of Limited Information (California)

Oracle v. Google, 2015 WL 7775243 (N.D. Ca. Dec. 3, 2015) - In this case, the plaintiff moved to compel production of documents from the defendant’s privilege log and to add additional custodians for collection and...more

Court Analyzes Rule 30(b)(6) Witness's Preparation Duties

Under Fed. R. Civ. P. 30(b)(6), an entity must prepare a designated witness to testify about specified topics. This type of deposition implicates several competing principles, because (1) such witnesses must provide...more

New Year's Resolution for Employers: Review Employee Handbooks and Agreements

A Nov. 24, 2015, decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which has jurisdiction over the Carolinas, about an arbitration provision included in an employee handbook serves as a warning to employers to...more

Why Every Data Breach Response Plan Should Involve Outside Counsel

The importance of retaining outside counsel after a data breach was recently underscored in the Target data breach class-action litigation filed by the financial institutions. Plaintiffs filed a motion to compel Target to...more

Handbook Is No Arb. Agreement

In Lorenzo v. Prime Communications, L.P., No. 14-1727 (4th Cir. Nov. 24, 2015), Lorenzo sued her former employer, Prime Communications, L.P. (“Prime”), for minimum wage and overtime violations. Prime tried to compel...more

Court Issues Mixed Bag Discovery Decision In EEOC Nationwide Race Discrimination Case

In EEOC v. DolGenCorp, LLC d/b/a Dollar General, No. 13-CV-4307 (N.D. Ill.), a case we blogged about previously here, Judge Andrea Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently decided several...more

Interpreting Arbitration Agreements: Two Key Points from Recent Texas Supreme Court Decisions

The Texas Supreme Court recently added another opinion to its ever-growing body of law interpreting arbitration agreements. The opinion falls in line with prior decisions on two key issues: 1. what amounts to waiver of the...more

Federal Court Requires “Meeting of the Minds” To Enforce Arbitration Agreement Included in Employment Application

Last month, a federal court in Maryland denied an employer’s motion to compel arbitration even though the plaintiff executed an arbitration agreement the employer had included in the plaintiff’s employment application. The...more

Court Instructs “More Thorough Search” in Face of Irretrievable ESI (Kansas)

Neonatal Product Group, Inc. v. Shields, 2015 WL 6158810 (D. Kan, Oct. 20, 2015) - In this patent infringement case, the defendants filed a motion to compel against the third party counterclaim defendants. The...more

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