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E-Discovery Day 2.0: eDiscovery Trends

We’ve recently celebrated Halloween, we’re about to celebrate Thanksgiving. Guess what we celebrate next? You guessed it, it’s…E-Discovery Day!* As the site for E-Discovery Day states, “[o]n December 1, 2016, thousands...more

Discovery of Nonparty Foreign Affiliates Must Be Tempered by Proportionality

The court’s opinion affirms the principle that relevance, even in the context of a foreign affiliate, must always be tempered by considerations of proportionality, thereby providing defendants an effective argument when...more

Another Champion for Proportionality in Discovery

For the second time within a month, an MDL court has rejected wide-ranging and potentially abusive discovery on the basis that the requests were out of proportion to the needs of the case. This is a welcome development. We...more

Be Aware Belgium - September 2016

Under the principle of proportionality, can a serious cause be dismissed considering that the sanction resulting from the serious cause is unreasonable? In a judgment dated 6 June 2016 (S.15.0067. F/1, available through...more

A Self-Inflicted High Discovery Cost Does Not Render Information “Inaccessible”

Wagoner v. Lewis Gale Med. Ctr., LLC, No. 7:15cv570 (W.D. Va. July 13, 2016). In Wagoner v. Lewis Gale Med. Ctr., LLC, court held that the plaintiff’s “limited request” for discovery, “restricted by custodian, search...more

In-House Elevated|The Time for In-house E-Discovery Is Now

It’s a data jungle out there—especially if you are sitting in the corporate counsel’s office, worrying about your organization’s growing stockpile of data in the cloud. In 2015, just 5 percent of data for discovery review was...more

“Rather Broad” Discovery Request Is Nonetheless Proportional to Case

First Niagara Risk Mgmt., Inc. v. Folino, No. 16-1779 (E.D. Pa. Aug. 11, 2016). The court concluded that the plaintiff’s requested scope of discovery from the defendant’s electronic devices, while “rather broad,” was...more

Court Refuses to Compel Disclosure of Archived E-Mails Due to “Undue Burden and Cost”

Elkharwily v. Franciscan Health Sys., No. 3:15-cv-05579-RJB (W.D. Wash. July 29, 2016). After a previous order granting the plaintiff’s motion to compel discovery of “live” e-mails, the court denied the plaintiff’s...more

Jenga! -- The Future of E-Discovery with Judge Peck and Judge Rodriguez at Exterro inFusion ‘16

Last week, Exterro’s annual user conference, inFusion 16, was in full swing, and for our visitors coming from points all over the U.S. and abroad, Oregon didn’t disappoint with its iconic weather – a mild fall mix of cool...more

Rules Amendments Mean That Proportionality Limits Even MDL Discovery

We’ve blogged several times over the past couple years about the 2015 amendments to the federal rules as they pertain to discovery, including electronic discovery. Earlier this year, after the amendments had been in effect...more

Tort reform, apportionment and immunity

Applying Ohio’s tort reform legislation to a situation where a non-party is immune from the tort liability in issue has resulted in contradictory holdings. This article originally appeared in the 2016 September/October...more

In Top “Form” – The NY Commercial Division’s Continuous Efforts to Increase Efficiency and Reduce Litigation Costs

As outlined in previous posts, the New York Commercial Division seeks to be a forward-thinking forum that adopts rule changes aimed at increasing efficiency and decreasing litigant costs. In August, a revised Model...more

Amended Rules Five Months Later: Early Trends in Case Law and What It Means

The amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure have been in effect since December. It didn't take long for the courts to cite them with a steady stream of opinions beginning with CAT3, LLC v. Black Lineage and Gilead...more

Amended Rules Five Months Later: Early Trends in Case Law and What It Means  [Video]

The amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure have been in effect since December. It didn't take long for the courts to cite them with a steady stream of opinions. The first opinion arrived with CAT3, LLC v. Black...more

TCPA Team Scores Win For Dorsey Client: Court Prohibits Plaintiff From Seeking Deposition Testimony on Unrelated Prior Complaints

On May 18, 2016, Dorsey’s Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) team scored a major victory on behalf of one of its financial services clients when the District Court for the Middle District of Florida granted its...more

E-Discovery Update: Proportionality for Lawyers

Proportionality is not limited to Einstein’s equations and banter on The Big Bang Theory. The December 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure moved proportionality from Rule 26(b)(2)(C)(iii), which required a...more

May The Force be with You: Binding the E-Discovery Process Together

The idea that all things are connected is a comforting one. Some people long to be unified with other people, both loved ones and strangers. Others seek unity with the natural world--flora and fauna, water and stone. Even in...more

Discovery - Oppenheimer’s Half Life Has Long Been Exceeded

As we’ve discussed previously, and as the legal profession is by now well aware, the discovery provisions of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were significantly amended effective December 1, 2015. One of the foundational...more

Disclosure in a digital age – How reforms and technology can reduce the costs of disclosure in arbitration and court

Managing the cost of litigation to business remains one of the toughest issues confronting any lawyer today. As the challenge of keeping costs proportionate seemingly gets more difficult by the day, we consider the impact of...more

Not So Fast! Qualcomm Cannot Use “Curious Quirk” of U.S. Discovery Law In Korean Antitrust Proceeding

A recent federal court order highlights the scope, and the limitations, of a U.S. court’s authority to order domestic discovery for use in a foreign proceeding under 28 U.S.C. § 1782. The court in In re Ex Parte Application...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Joins European Banking Authority in Call for Legislative Changes on Application of...

The European Securities and Markets Authority published its final report on Guidelines on the sound remuneration policies under the Units in Collective Undertakings Directive and the Alternative Investment Fund Managers...more

Courts Have Nothing But Good Things To Say About Predictive Coding

Predictive coding (also called “technology assisted review” (“TAR”)) involves the use of computerized artificial intelligence to extrapolate from attorney coding of small (and repeated) sample document sets ultimately to...more

Mass Torts Made Perfectly Convivial - the Sequel

A little over four years ago we reported on our visit to the Mass Torts Made Perfect conference in Philadelphia. MTMP is a plaintiff lawyer organization. Every year it conducts a conference in Las Vegas, where plaintiff...more

Amended FRCP 26(b) in Action: Trio of Recent Northern District of California Cases Address Who Has the Burden of Establishing the...

In January and February 2016, the Northern District of California issued a trio of decisions following the December 2015 amendments to Rule 26(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, two of which echo the Advisory...more

Objections to Document Demands Under Amended Rule 34

The approach of objecting to document demands with boilerplate language containing half a dozen or more objections that have no actual nexus to the demands at issue has been used by litigators for decades. However, this...more

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