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Written Document Retention and Destruction Policy Saves the Day (Again)

As we mentioned in our previous posts regarding document preservation, establishing a written document retention and destruction policy is essential to any company, large or small. As with the Pradaxa case out of the Southern...more

E-Discovery - Nevada U.S. District Court's Special Master's Report and Recommendations: Failure to Preserve ESI, Litigation Holds

Small v. University Medical Center of Southern Nevada arises out of an employment law dispute. The court appointed a special master who found that the defendant medical center failed to preserve a considerable body of...more

Shoddy Mobile Device Use Policy and Failure to Institute Litigation Hold Leads to Default Judgment and Hefty Sanctions (Nevada)

Small v. Univ. Med. Ctr. of S. Nev., No. 2:13-cv-00298-APG-PAL, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114406 (D. Nev. Aug. 18, 2014). In this employment law dispute, the court appointed a special master to resolve discovery issues....more

The 21st Century Water Cooler: Discovery and Text Messages

Text messages, once the exclusive domain of teenagers and college students, are increasingly used in business communications. These communications are, unsurprisingly, also discoverable in a wide variety of litigation...more

The Ghosts of Litigation Holds Past

Earlier this year, in the widely followed In re: Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation matter, a Louisiana federal jury ordered a drug manufacturer to pay $6 billion in punitive damages and $1.5 million in actual...more

Social Media and Spoliation

As we discussed in our previous post regarding the Christou case, social media is discoverable – and consequently subject to a litigation hold. From an evidentiary standpoint, social media is not without its shortcomings, and...more

The Long Arm of E-Discovery Stretches Overseas

Earlier this year, Kazuaki Fujitani, the general manager of a Japanese company’s sales division, pled guilty to obstruction of justice for destroying numerous e-mails and other documents in a federal investigation by the...more

Love, But Don’t Leave, Your Litigation Holds

If your company is like many organizations, once a legal hold is set in motion, it becomes yesterday’s news…and is promptly forgotten about in favor of more pressing matters. After all, at its essence, a litigation hold is...more

Inter Partes Review Worthwhile Alternative to Patent Litigation

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently issued its second decision in a new inter partes review proceeding. In the decision, the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidated all of the claims of the...more

BYOD Lessons From Jersey's Bridge Scandal

So, have you implemented a Bring Your Own Device policy yet? If not (and your employees are using their personal devices for business purposes), your organization may be at risk....more

Lackluster Retention Policy Leads to Spoliation Sanctions (California)

Zest IP Holdings, LLC v. Implant Direct Mfg., LLC, 2013 WL 6159177 (S.D. Cal. Nov. 25, 2013). In this patent and trademark infringement case, the plaintiffs sought sanctions for the defendants’ alleged spoliation and...more

“Saving Everything” No Defense to Spoliation Argument

As we discussed in our previous spoliation post, parties are required to place a litigation hold on all documents once litigation could be reasonably anticipated. Although there are certain definite “trigger events”, such as...more

Litigation Hold Extends to Third Party Independent Agents

Insurance and financial institutions understand the importance of data preservation, but from time to time – usually in the throes of complex litigation – the specific requirements of federal and state data preservation laws...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

Checklist Series: The Transactional In-House Lawyer’s Guide to Copyright Infringement Litigation

While the largest media companies have entire legal departments devoted to defending litigation, smaller companies may have only one in-house counsel, usually someone more familiar with business transactions than defending...more

eDiscovery: Tips and Traps (Presentation)

•GHOST/MIRROR: Complete bit by bit copy of a drive. (Not just copying data; actually reproducing the hard drive.) •LEGACY: Information from older systems no longer actively supported and not easily...more

Five Document Management Strategies That Reduce Burdens Of E-Discovery In Construction Claims

Litigants in all industries, including construction, have to deal with electronic documents. Collecting, processing, reviewing and producing these documents involves substantial expenditures of time, manpower and money, often...more

Sekisui Am. Corp. v. Hart: Judge Scheindlin’s Latest Footprint in Spoliation Case Law – Part 1

Judge Shira Scheindlin’s latest opinion, Sekisui v. Hart, marks a major development for the latest footprint in spoliation case law and is sure raise eyebrows among federal rule makers tasked with reworking Federal Rule 37....more

Having a Good Document-Retention Policy

Companies that have existed for any period of time can be overwhelmed by the volume of documents they create. The amount of material and data have grown exponentially in the last few decades with the expansion of...more

Top 5 Ediscovery Case Summaries – August 2013: New York - Negligence Alone is not Enough for Spoliation Sanctions

Sekisui Am. Corp. v. Hart, 2013 WL 2951924 (S.D.N.Y. June 10, 2013). In this employment law case, the court declined to impose any sanctions for the plaintiff’s negligent and perhaps intentional deletion of the email...more

Top 5 Ediscovery Case Summaries – July 2013: Illinois - Sanctions Granted for Reckless Spoliation of Data

Pillay v. Millard Refrigerated Serv., Inc., 2013 WL 2251727 (N.D. Ill. May 22, 2013). In this Americans with Disabilities Act case, the plaintiff sought sanctions in the form of an adverse jury instruction for the...more

Top 5 Ediscovery Case Summaries – July 2013: Illinois - Sanctions Granted for Reckless Spoliation of Data

Pillay v. Millard Refrigerated Serv., Inc., 2013 WL 2251727 (N.D. Ill. May 22, 2013). In this Americans with Disabilities Act case, the plaintiff sought sanctions in the form of an adverse jury instruction for the...more

Responsibilities to Preserve Data for Litigation

If you are involved in litigation, you have a duty to preserve all documents and data that could be relevant to the litigation. The duty to preserve evidence begins as soon as litigation is “reasonably anticipated.” That...more

Global HR Hot Topic - April 2013: Internal Investigations in Overseas Workplaces

Challenge: In America, internal investigations into suspicions and allegations of employee misconduct follow an increasingly well-defined approach. But exporting US investigatory best practices raises unexpected...more

Inside M&A - Winter 2013

In This Issue: - FCPA Due Diligence is Critical to Avoid Successor Liability in Cross-Border Transactions - China’s Merger Control Rules...more

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