Rule 26

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Guest Post – With No General Causation Experts, Denture Cream Plaintiffs Drop Like Leaves In Autumn

Today we have a guest post from Reed Smith‘s Jaclyn Setili, about one of our pet peeves – MDL plaintiffs (and their counsel) who think they don’t have to do any work at all on their cases, and simply show up come settlement...more

E-Discovery Update: No More Fishing Allowed!

Mark Twain warned, “Do not tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.” Litigants should heed this advice, as courts are proving to be less tolerant of discovery...more

District Court Orders Production of Bills from Expert Witnesses But Permits Redaction of Narrative Statements in Bills

In this patent infringement action, the defendant, Ericsson moved to compel the plaintiff, TCL, to produce bills and invoices for worked performed by TCL's expert witnesses. TCL sought to redact the bills and invoices to...more

Wielding a Motion for Protective Order as a Defensive Tool

Plaintiffs’ requested discovery is always too broad and burdensome, and the information defendants produce are always too narrow and few. This is a common theme across almost every patent case filed in the nation, often...more

District Court Strikes Documents That Were Not Produced During Discovery Even Though Documents Were Publically Available

In this patent infringement action, Mobile Telecommunications Tech., LLC ("MTel") filed against Blackberry Corp., MTel moved to exclude certain exhibits that were archived press releases published by RCR Wireless and SkyTel...more

Eighth Circuit: Delay In Asserting Right To Arbitrate And Using Litigation Machinery Results In Waiver

The plaintiff, a terminated employee, had signed a two year employment agreement and a separate arbitration agreement with a home décor company. The plaintiff was terminated after six months and sued the defendant in...more

Amgen v. Hospira: Court Considers Issues Regarding the Scope of Discovery and the RPS’s Ability to Assert Additional Patents in...

In a recent hearing held in Amgen v. Hospira, the parties offered arguments on some novel issues relating to litigation under the BPCIA, particularly: - ..Whether a reference product sponsor (“RPS”) can compel a...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

Eight [Months] Is Enough — To Waive Your Arbitration Rights

Today’s post is brought to you by the number 8. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a new opinion yesterday finding that a defendant who litigated in court for 8 months waived its right to arbitrate (aka, ARBITR8)...more

Spotify, NMPA Accused of a Concerted Effort to Taint the Class Pool

In a putative class action alleging widespread copyright infringement commenced in December 2015 against Spotify, Plaintiff, the lead singer for the bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, recently moved pursuant to Federal...more

Summary Judgment for Defendants in FCA Action: No Admissible Evidence of False Claims

How much is “enough?” Will we have enough money to retire someday? Did the Drug and Device Law College Sophomore study enough for her computer science midterm? Is there enough salt in the matzo ball soup? In the realm of...more

Business Litigation Report - March 2016

How Major Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Will Impact Business Litigation - The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure govern all civil litigation in the federal courts. Recent major amendments to these...more

How Major Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Will Impact Business Litigation

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure govern all civil litigation in the federal courts. Recent major amendments to these rules—which became effective December 1, 2015—will impact the scope and cost. The amendments...more

District Court Precludes Plaintiff from Presenting Damage Theories That Were Not Disclosed in Rule 26(a) Disclosures

The plaintiff, Radware, planned to present damages theories in its closing argument seeking more than twice the damages that its retained expert on damages computed. The district court noted that "[w]hile expert testimony is...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

Amended Rule 26: Protecting Against Competitively Sensitive Disclosures

Hundreds of billions of business e-mails are sent per day. That number may not come as a shock to many, but once a company is involved in litigation, e-discovery can be quite burdensome. Even the mention of the phrase...more

Insights From FDCC Program On December 2015 Amendments To Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Last week, I attended an excellent program of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel regarding how the December 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are impacting the defense of class actions and...more

When a Director May Inspect the Company's Books and Records

Section 220(d) of the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) permits a director to inspect a company's books and records "for a purpose reasonably related to the director's position as a director." It is well settled under...more

Genius like Churchill: Improving the E-Discovery Process in 2016 with Technology

Winston Churchill said, “True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain and conflicting information.” So we here at Exterro took his advice concerning our recently released 2nd Annual Judges Survey where,...more

Res Ipsa Loquitur, Ipse Dixit, And A Non-Retained Expert

As a defendant manufacturer in a drug or device product liability case, it is one of the last things you want to see. The key treating physician concludes that your product was to blame for the plaintiff’s problems and...more

2015 Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Amendments: A Powerful Discovery Tool

The amended rules aid in controlling the scope of discovery and managing its risks. Two months have passed since the effective date of the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are applicable to...more

Retooling Your Practice Under the New Rules with The Sedona Conference Institute: a Case Summary (Part 2)

Every year, The Sedona Conference Institute keeps us ahead of the e-discovery curve with panels such as the famous Case Law Update and Judicial Roundtable. This year’s Institute will be devoted to the changes in the Federal...more

Disproportionate Discovery, Even in an MDL

Here’s a significant post-rules-amendments discovery decision out of the Xarelto MDL. In In re Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) Products Liability Litigation, 2016 WL 311762 (E.D. La. Jan. 26, 2016), the court (Fallon, J.) cited both...more

Retooling Your Practice Under the New Rules with The Sedona Conference Institute: a Case Summary (Part 1)

Every year, The Sedona Conference Institute keeps us ahead of the e-discovery curve with panels such as the famous Case Law Update and Judicial Roundtable. This year’s Institute will be devoted to the changes in the Federal...more

The Shape of (Discovery) Things To Come?

We assume that all of our readers by now know that significant changes to the federal discovery rules went into effect on December 1, 2015. We’ve posted about them frequently. We’re not going to bore you by describing the...more

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