[Legal Perspective] When Is It NOT Okay to Delete Your Social Media Account?
A recent Texas Supreme Court decision has important implications for the policies companies follow in Texas to avoid accusations that they have tampered with evidence or destroyed records improperly. The Supreme Court...more
One author's view on how to determine the answer that may surprise you....more
A federal judge in Illinois recently ordered a large pharmaceutical company to pay nearly $1 million because when the business was sued, it failed to remind its sales representatives to preserve text messages. Last year, a...more
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
Calling its prior proposal “too restrictive,” the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules published a substantially revised version of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) in the agenda for its April 10-11 meeting. The Committee...more
TRIAL COURTS MAY NOT CIRCUMVENT SUPREME COURT’S EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION TO ENLARGE TIME FOR APPEAL.
In an order this term, the Rhode Island Supreme Court held that the Family Court exceeded its authority when it vacated...more
In 2003, Judge Shira Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued five landmark decisions, which have since shaped the landscape of electronic discovery and document preservation. ...more
Moore v. Citgo Co., LP, 735 F.3d 309 (5th Cir. 2013).
In this appellate Fair Labor Standards Act litigation, the class of plaintiffs sought overtime pay for work hours that had been misclassified by the defendant...more
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
While there is significant value in knowing the latest trends in ediscovery case law, I’m reminded of one of my favorite law school professors who always stressed that I try to see the forest for the trees. In other words,...more
What happens when seven of the smartest, most articulate ediscovery professionals come together for an hour talk about—quite frankly—whatever they want?
Just yesterday Josh Gilliland, Samir Mathur, Barry Murphy, Ralph...more
Many potential litigants have been aggressive in their preservation of electronically stored information (ESI) to diminish the risk of spoliation sanctions – a risk driven by courts that have imposed sanctions with little or...more
•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
The Ediscovery Best Practice Gap -
Kroll Ontrack’s 2012 Year in Review suggested that the total number of cases addressing sanctions decreased while courts spent more time scrutinizing search protocols. ...more
SK Hynix Inc. v. Rambus, Inc., 2013 WL 1915865 (N.D. Cal. May 8, 2013).
In this complex set of patent-infringement cases, the plaintiffs sought spoliation sanctions against the defendant—who prevailed in the underlying...more
Summer in the Midwest generally means heat, humidity, and the possibility of severe storms. Have you thought about what records could be destroyed if a severe storm damaged your home or business?...more
In this issue:
- The Firm’s Ediscovery Team Attorneys
- Case Insights
- Editor’s Corner
- Excerpt from Peerless Industries, Inc. v. Crimson Av, LLC, Case No. 1:11-cv-1768, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS...more
Is it ever NOT okay to delete your social media account?
That's the question we ask in this JD Supra Legal Perspective. And for an answer, we look at recent coverage of a case in which an airline worker in New Jersey...more
A federal magistrate judge in New Jersey recently sanctioned a plaintiff for evidence spoliation after he deactivated his Facebook account during litigation, resulting in its permanent deletion by Facebook after 14 days...more
During 2012, the Illinois Supreme Court filed seventy-one written opinions, thirty-nine in civil cases. Although the total opinion output was down somewhat from recent years, this represents the Court's highest number of...more
While M&A transactions give rise to many different types of litigation, including disputes between the merger parties and statutory appraisal actions, the most common type of litigation stemming from public company mergers is...more
In a recent decision from the District of New Jersey, Gatto v. United Air Lines, Inc, et al., No. 10-cv-1090, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 41909 (D.N.J. March 25, 2013), the Court found that the Plaintiff had destroyed and/or failed...more
The first quarter of 2013 was among the busiest yet for developments in the use of social media in litigation.
First, courts have continued to weigh in on the extent to which a party can obtain discovery of an opposing...more
A March 23, 2013 decision from the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey serves as a cautionary tale for litigants. As a result of some arguably poor decisions by the plaintiff and likely miscommunication between...more
E.E.O.C. v. Ventura Corp, Ltd., 2013 WL 550550 (D.Puerto Rico Feb. 12, 2013). In this case, the plaintiffs sought sanctions against the defendant for allegedly destroying relevant evidence of discriminatory hiring practices...more
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