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Court Balances the Realities of Social Media Discovery in Personal Injury Case

by Zapproved Inc. on

Case Summary Reveals Court’s Opinion on Social Media for Discovery - Gordon v. T.G.R. Logistics, Inc., No. 16-CV-00238-NDF, 2017 WL 1947537 (D. Wyo. May 10, 2017). In this personal injury case, the court struck a...more

Texas Supreme Court Announces E-Discovery Guidelines

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

Discovery of electronically stored information (ESI) plays an increasingly important—and expensive—role in litigation. With few opportunities to provide guidance on discovery disputes, the Texas Supreme Court recently seized...more

Business Litigation Report - May 2017

Recent Decisions Regarding Discovery Scope and Proportionality Requirements Under New Federal Rules - Over the past eighteen months, federal courts have issued numerous important decisions clarifying the impact of the most...more

May 2017: Recent Decisions Regarding Discovery Scope and Proportionality Requirements Under New Federal Rules

Over the past eighteen months, federal courts have issued numerous important decisions clarifying the impact of the most recent amendments to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b), which went into effect December 1, 2015....more

Forfeitures for Ordinance Violations - When Are They Excessive?

by Ruder Ware on

An age-old problem faced by municipal officials is what to do about residents and landowners who fail to take care of their properties and allow junk, debris, and other unsightly items to accumulate.  This often leads to...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Strengthens Protections For Property Owners In Landmark Civil Forfeiture Decision

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Elizabeth Young is a 72-year-old grandmother whose home and car the government sought to forfeit based on several relatively minor drug sales her adult son conducted out of the house and car. Young fought the forfeiture and...more

Texas Supreme Court Denies Request for Mandamus Relief without Prejudice Over Native File Production: eDiscovery Case Law

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In the case In Re State Farm Lloyds, Relator, Nos. 15-0903, 15-0905 (Tex. Sup. Ct. May 26, 2017), the Texas Supreme Court, in an opinion delivered by Justice Eva M. Guzman, denied the petitions for writ of mandamus without...more

Sedona Conference Commentary on Proportionality, Third Edition: eDiscovery Trends

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Within the first two months of this blog, way back in 2010, we posted a blog post about the original Commentary on Proportionality in Electronic Discovery from The Sedona Conference® (TSC), which is a project of The Sedona...more

District Court Orders Search of Inventors Emails and Finds That Discovery Is Proportional to Needs of Case Because Search Terms...

In this patent infringement action, T-Mobile sought email discovery from seventeen named inventors of the asserted patents and the licensing executives involved in the parties’ FRAND negotiations. T-Mobile asserted that the...more

E-Discovery Lessons from the State Investigation of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

by Exterro, Inc. on

From the beginning, e-discovery has mainly been the realm of corporate legal teams leveraging their knowledge of the e-discovery process along with technology to reach a “just and speedy” resolution to the matter as laid out...more

UPS avoids undue burden in Solo v. UPS e-discovery case

by Zapproved Inc. on

Solo v. United Parcel Serv (UPS). Co., No. 14-12719, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3275 (E.D. Mich. Jan. 10, 2017). The court denied the full extent of the data that the plaintiff, Joe Solo, requested in its motion to compel,...more

The Sedona Principles Has Been Around Longer Than You May Realize: eDiscovery Best Practices

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It has been close to fifteen years since the original public comment draft of The Sedona Principles: Best Practices, Recommendations & Principles for Addressing Electronic Document Production was released. Even the second...more

Subject Access Requests: "not an obligation to leave no stone unturned"

by White & Case LLP on

The English Court of Appeal has ruled in two recent cases that subject access requests are generally valid, and businesses must comply with such requests, even if they are made for collateral purposes, such as collecting...more

Defendant Wipes Out After Getting Caught in the Riptide and Is Sanctioned for Ill-Conceived Motion to Compel in Surf Tech...

This case presents an example of a district court’s use of the “proportionality” requirement of Rule 26 to limit overbroad discovery. On March 9, 2017, Magistrate Judge Barbara L. Major of the District Court for the Southern...more

MiFID II Product Governance – Proportionality: Rules of the road

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

MiFID II Product Governance - Proportionality: Rules of the road - The product governance rules in MiFID II represent a fundamental change in the way firms design and distribute financial instruments. The rules...more

The Sedona Conference Issues Helpful and Important Commentary on the Proportionality Concept Applicable to Electronic Discovery

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: The following set of six principles proposed by the Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production should serve as practical guidance for litigants adhering to the proportionality...more

"The E-Discovery Digest - March 2017"

The sixth edition of The E-Discovery Digest focuses on recent decisions addressing the scope and application of the attorney-client privilege and work-product doctrine, spoliation, and discovery responses. Please see...more

Don’t Risk Waiving All Objections to Discovery Responses

by Wilson Elser on

Just over a year ago, I authored a Product Liability Advocate blog entry and a Law360 article explaining appropriate methods for asserting objections under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 34, as amended on December 1, 2015....more

Court Rejects Overly Broad Request For Forensic Imaging Of Plaintiff’s Personal Computers

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

An Illinois appellate court has vacated a trial court’s order compelling the forensic imaging of several personal computers used by plaintiff, applying a balancing test that takes into account both the proportionality rule...more

Judge Finds Defense Counsel’s Reliance upon Pre-Amendment Rule 26 in a Motion to Compel the Equivalent of Bad Faith – Resulting in...

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In Fulton v. Livingston Financial LLC, 2016 WL 3976558 (W.D. Wash. July 25, 2016), U.S. District Judge James L. Robart sanctioned a defense lawyer who “inexcusabl[y]” relied on outdated case law and pre-2015 amendments to...more

Data subject access requests: proportionality and legal professional privilege

by Dentons on

By way of wider context, the parties in Holyoake v. (1) Candy and (2) CPC Group Limited [2017] EWHC 52 (QB), are currently engaged in a multi-million pound dispute relating to a loan agreement. Separate to these proceedings...more

Seyfarth Shaw Submits Comments And Testimony On The Proposed Amendments To Rule 23

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Seyfarth Shaw submitted comments and oral testimony to the Federal Advisory Committee on Civil Rules regarding needed reform and guidance to Rule 23, the rule that governs class action litigation in federal...more

Is Cooperation Between Parties the Key to E-Discovery Success? (Yerich & Klingsporn)

by Exterro, Inc. on

Perspective One: David Yerich, Esq. Director of E-Discovery, UnitedHealth Group - Cooperation is critical for life. It is how individuals overcome personal limits and underpins all human achievements. It is the bedrock...more

Court Rules That Proportionality And Cooperation Are Essential In Resolving E-Discovery Disputes

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen agreed with UPS that it did not have to spend six months and $120,000 to recover data stored on backup tapes that may not be relevant to the case if UPS prevails in its efforts to limit the...more

ESI Discovery Best Practices, Part 7 – New FRCP One Year In – ESI Game Changer or Business As Usual?

by Butler Snow LLP on

I was recently reminded that it has been over a year since my last ESI-related blog. My excuse is that I wanted to allow the new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure addressing ESI to percolate before writing on the...more

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