Proportionality

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Court Clarifies the Obligation to Utilize Rule 26(b)(1) Proportionality Factors (Kansas)

Rowan v. Sunflower, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 72254 (D. Kan. June 2, 2016) - In this personal injury case, the plaintiff motioned the court to compel discovery from one of the defendants. Before this motion, the defendant...more

Throwback Thursday: 6 Months of Case Law Under the New FRCP [Webinar]

A Tale of Two Rules - The first six months after the FRCP amendments produced extensive case law as courts and parties grappled with the application of the new rules. In particular, Rule 26(b)(1) with its emphasis on...more

[Webinar] Six Months of Case Law Under the New FRCP - August 10th, 12:00pm CT

In case law from December 2015 through June 2016, patterns have emerged on how the courts are reacting to the new language in FRCP 26(b)(1) and 37(e). Listen to FRCP guru Tom Allman and the Honorable Magistrate Judge...more

Ignorance Is No Grounds to Avoid Production (Ohio)

FDIC v. Ark-La-Tex Fin. Servs., LLC, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82444 (N.D. Ohio June 24, 2016) - In this contract dispute, the defendant motioned the court to compel discovery of loan policies and procedures maintained...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

6 Months of Case Law Under the New FRCP

Six months have passed since the December 1, 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) took effect. What has been the impact of the new rules on civil litigation and discovery? In particular, Rule...more

Discovery Request Found Not Proportional; Department Store Relieved from Production (Florida)

Douglas v. Kohl's Dep't Stores, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 54782 (M.D. Fla. Apr. 25, 2016) - In this consumer protection case, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant, a popular department store, violated the Telephone...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

Defendants’ Proposal to Redact Irrelevant Information Upheld under Newly Amended Rule 26 Florida

In re Takata Airbag Prods. Liab. Litig., MDL No. 2599 (S.D. Fla. Mar. 1, 2016) - In this products liability case, a Special Master approved the defendants’ proposal to withhold or redact irrelevant parent documents from...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

Court Denies Motion to Compel In Part Based on Newly Amended Proportionality (Ohio)

Wilmington Trust Co. v. AEP Generating Co., 2016 WL 860693 (S.D. Ohio Mar. 7, 2016) - In this case, the plaintiffs filed a motion to compel ordering the defendants to conduct additional searches for ESI covering two time...more

Court Denies Motion to Compel Additional Email Searches on Proportionality Grounds (Washington)

Moore v. Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC, 2016 WL 687111 (W.D. Wash. Feb. 19, 2016) - In this discrimination case, the plaintiff filed a motion to compel email searches, arguing that the defendant’s initial searches were...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

Newhall Case Applies Proposition 26 to Wholesale Water Rates

Newhall County Water District v. Castaic Lake Water Agency (2016) 243 Cal.App.4th 1430 (“Newhall”) - Case Disposition - Plaintiff Newhall County Water District (“Newhall”), a retail water purveyor, challenged a...more

Court Emphasizes Proportionality under Amended Rule 26(b)(1) (New York)

Henry v. Morgan’s Hotel Group, 2016 WL 303114 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 25, 2016) - In this discrimination case, the court held that third-party subpoenas violated the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, particularly Fed. R. Civ. P....more

The Right Tools for the Job: E-Discovery Technology Can Never Replace Lawyers, Only Help Them

Growing up in rural Illinois, the John Deere logo was as ubiquitous as Nike in Portland or Starbucks in Seattle. From old farmers’ mesh-backed caps to the giant tractor that my friend, Scott, parked in the student parking...more

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