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Important Changes in Litigating Oil and Gas Cases in Federal Court: What the 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules Mean for Oil and...

Many oil and gas disputes are litigated in federal court. In recent years, federal litigation has undergone significant changes in discovery practices and rules. For example, with the increase in electronically stored...more

28 U.S.C. § 1782: A Powerful Tool in Global Disputes

As the number and complexity of cross-border and multi-jurisdictional disputes increase, companies can use 28 U.S.C. § 1782 to obtain evidence from U.S.-based entities for use in those foreign proceedings. Specifically, §...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Reinforces the Standard for Detailed and Complete Expert Disclosures and Clarifies the...

Massachusetts has made much ado about expert disclosures in recent years, even going so far as to implement the still “newish” Superior Court Rule 30B, which requires experts to sign party disclosures of the facts, opinions...more

Filing Claim In Court Is Not Enough To Waive Arbitration Right

The issue in analyzing whether a party waived its right to arbitrate is usually whether the defendant waited too long to assert the arbitration obligation.  But, this week the Second Circuit had the opportunity to address...more

Modification of Protective Orders to Permit Use of Discovery Material in Foreign Litigation Must Consider 28 U.S.C. § 1782 Factors...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated an order modifying a protective order to allow the use of confidential discovery material in foreign litigation, explaining that courts facing such questions must...more

Judiciary & In-House Legal Discuss the Necessary Skills to Stay Successful in Today's Competitive Legal Market

The train has left the station. The boat has left the dock. E-Discovery is not today’s new legal buzzword. E-Discovery should be as commonplace in the legal profession as the phrase ‘early case assessment’ or ‘due...more

District Court Denies Motion to Exclude CEO from Providing Expert Testimony on Infringement

Defendant filed a motion to strike plaintiff's expert report on infringement, asserting that the report failed to comply with Fed.R.Civ.P. 26 because, among other things, the report did not constitute a written report under...more

Get to Know the E-Discovery Changes to the FRCP

Five years ago, a group of judges and legal professionals comprising the Federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee met at Duke University to begin the discussion of potential e-discovery rule changes to the Federal Rules of...more

Changes to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Effective December 1, 2015

Numerous amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure will come into effect on December 1, 2015. The amendments are to Rules 1, 4, 16, 26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 37, 55 and 84. These amendments will have a variety of effects...more

Court Conflicted over Rule 26 in Light of Complex ESI Retrieval (Nebraska)

ACI Worldwide Corp. v. Mastercard Tech., LLC., 2015 WL 4249760 (D. Neb. July 13, 2015) - In this intellectual property case, a discovery dispute arose over the plaintiff’s request for ESI and the risk and burden such...more

Litigation Finance on the Rise — But Questions Abound

Increasingly, lawyers are identifying a purportedly injured plaintiff, a theory of liability, and a defendant, and then turning to a hedge fund to finance the lawsuit, perhaps with the help of a litigation finance specialist....more

Court Requires the Calculation of Damages to Proportionally Resolve Discovery Dispute (California)

Corning Optical Communs. Wireless v. Solid, Inc., 2015 WL 1726749 (N.D. Cal. April 14, 2015). In this patent case, the plaintiff was required to provide damages related information as part of its Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(a)...more

Stop giving away the store! Cases decided prior to the 2000 Amendment of F. R. Civ. P 26(b) do not define scope of discovery

We observed previously that “reasonably calculated” does not define scope of discovery, and it never has. Rather, discovery is limited, by the plain terms of F. R. Civ. P. 26, to “nonprivileged matter that is relevant to any...more

Court Attempts to Strike Balance in Scope of Discovery (Minnesota)

Webb v. Ethicon Endo-Surgery, 2015 WL 317215 (D. Minn. Jan. 26, 2015). In this products liability case, both parties objected to the magistrate judge’s orders and disputed the appropriate scope of discovery. The...more

Stop Giving Away the Store: “Reasonably Calculated” does not define the scope of discovery. (And it never has!)

For over a hundred years Americans have enjoyed Josh Billing’s chestnut, “I’d rather not know so much, than to know so much that ain’t so.” For nearly seventy years, American lawyers have known one big thing that ain’t so:...more

Cut The Crap: Cooperate Under Rule 26 or Look Like a Fool

An order issued by the court in Armstrong Pump, Inc. v. Hartman, 2014 WL 6908867, No. 10-cv-446S (W.D.N.Y. Dec. 9, 2014) provides a valuable lesson to all litigants—failure to cooperate under Rule 26 is no longer just...more

District Court Sanctions Ghostwriting of Expert Reports

A district court in Michigan has strictly enforced the requirement of Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that expert witness reports be prepared by the expert witness, and not by counsel. Numatics, Inc. v....more

“Reasonable Inquiry”: Complying With Rule 26(g) In The Age Of Technology

There can be little debate that electronically stored information (“ESI”) has altered the landscape of discovery in civil litigation. The number of devices that transmit or store electronic data as well as the volume of data...more

Plaintiff Does Not Offer Proportional Production Remedy, Court Denies “Discovery on Discovery” (New York)

Freedman v. Weatherford Int’l, 2014 WL 4547039 (S.D. N.Y. Sept. 12, 2014). In this securities fraud case, the plaintiff sought the production of search efficiency reports that were part of an investigation by third...more

A Wake-Up Call To Counsel Over ESI Discovery

The recent case of Brown v. Tellermate Holdings Ltd. is noteworthy for its imposition of near-terminal evidentiary sanctions, and order directing counsel and defendant to jointly pay plaintiffs’ cost of bringing motions to...more

Court Excludes Plaintiff's Experts Where Experts Failed to Comply with Rule 26 Disclosures

In this patent infringement action, the defendants, Hangzhou Langhong Technology Co., Ltd. and Langhong Technology USA Inc., moved to exclude the testimony of plaintiff's experts on infringement and damages. The district...more

Are you Certifiable?

It is not unusual for opposing counsel to demand that you “certify” that your client’s document production is complete and correct. What does this mean? Are you required to do it? The issue often arises in...more

Proposed Changes to Civil Rules Could Limit Scope of eDiscovery

The Advisory Committee on Civil Rules recently approved amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure addressing, among other things, eDiscovery. Although some of the Advisory Committee’s proposed revisions lessen the...more

Attorney Means “Attorney” – Lessons for Subrogation Professions From Recent Federal Court Decisions Clarifying the Disclosure...

The Amendments to Rule 26 - In 2010, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26 was amended to provide new limitations on the discovery allowed for testifying experts in federal court cases. The most significant changes with...more

Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules Aim to Lessen Burden of Discovery

Proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are set to take effect on December 1, 2015, with significant changes to the scope of discovery and the duty to preserve relevant evidence. The amendments are aimed...more

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