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Searching Only File Names is Not the "Safe Way" to Avoid Sanctions: eDiscovery Case Law

See what I did there?… :o) In Rodman v. Safeway, No. 11-cv-03003-JST (N.D. Cal., Oct. 6, 2016), California District Judge Jon S. Tigar ordered the defendant to pay plaintiff’s Class Counsel $688,646 as a discovery...more

Before Asking for Sanctions, Check the Recycle Bin

Erhart v. BofI Holding, Inc., No. 15-cv-02287-BAS (NLS), 2016 WL 5110453 (S.D. Cal. Sept. 21, 2016). The court denied sanctions against a party where the huge majority of the files he deleted were not actually destroyed,...more

OFAC and BIS Changes to Cuba Sanctions Further Ease Trade and Travel Restrictions

On October 14, 2016, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published another round of amendments to the Cuban Assets Control...more

New Changes to Sanctions on Cuba Provide New Array of Business Opportunities in Cuba–What You Should Know

Sanctions against Cuba continue to lift. Effective this week, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) have relaxed controls...more

The U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control Ends Its ‘Burma Sanctions Program’

On 7 October 2016, the United States Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) ended all economic and financial sanctions with respect to Myanmar (referred to by OFAC as Burma). The move had been...more

Court Clarifies that Data Must be Permanently Deleted for Sanctions (California)

Erhart v. BofI Holding, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 129906 (S.D. Cal. Sept. 21, 2016) - In this whistleblower retaliation case, the defendant moved the court to impose sanctions on the plaintiff for deleting thousands of...more

U.S. Authorities Amend Cuba Sanctions Regulations

On October 17, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued new amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (31...more

Loosening of Cuban Sanctions Presents New Opportunities for U.S. Industries

Effective October 17, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) have expanded the scope and nature of transactions...more

And suddenly, an ancillary law significantly changes the scope of sanctions in France well in advance of the General Data...

French regulatory framework is undergoing an important shift in terms of sanctions imposed by the French Data Protection Authority (the ‘CNIL’) in case of non-compliance with French Data Protection Law as the administrative...more

Slip and Fall Case Leads to Sanctions Faceplant

Atiles v. Golub Corp., No. 521828 (N.Y. App. July 28, 2016). The appellate court affirmed the lower court’s denial of an adverse inference instruction where the plaintiff did not establish that the additional video...more

Court Issues a Cornucopia of Sanctions for Discovery Violations (New York)

Arrowhead Capital Fin., Ltd. v. Seven Arts Entm’t, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126545 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 16, 2016) - In this case, the plaintiff motioned the court to grant sanctions for the defendants’ discovery...more

Bob Dylan Wins the Nobel Prize – Cuba Slowly Opening for Business (under the FCPA)

Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature. Those were words I never thought I would see in the same sentence, let alone write in the same sentence. Yet here we are, the first rock and roller to win the Nobel Prize. While...more

U.S. Government Continues to Create New Opportunities for Trade with Cuba

Both the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) have announced new amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and Export...more

“Can I Throw Out Those Dust Covered Files?” Defensibility, Efficiency, and the Comprehensive Guide to E-Discovery Preservation

When I was in high school, I worked for a family-owned office supply store, one of the last of the local businesses left on main street in the small Midwestern town where I lived. It was a frustrating job most of the time...more

Federal Appeals Court Sanctions National Labor Relations Board in Ongoing Battle over Management Rights Provisions in Collective...

Most collective bargaining agreements contain “management rights” provisions that many employers, unsurprisingly, believe grant them the right to manage their businesses without union interference. The National Labor...more

"The E-Discovery Digest - October 2016"

The fifth edition of The E-Discovery Digest focuses on recent decisions addressing the scope and application of the attorney client privilege and work-product doctrine, spoliation, and discovery responses. Please see...more

Trade & Manufacturing - October 2016

What the Next President Should Do About U.S. Manufacturing - Top industry executives, political leaders, small business and trade union leaders, researchers and policymakers are offering a blueprint for maintaining the...more

De-Risking 101

Bank Secrecy Act of 1970 - Requires U.S. financial institutions to assist U.S. government agencies to detect and prevent money laundering by keeping records of cash purchases of negotiable instruments, and file reports...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - October 2016

The WTO Opens Its Doors for the 15th Annual Public Forum - For the fifteenth time, the World Trade Organization (WTO) hosted its annual Public Forum in Geneva to provide a platform for an exchange of views among...more

Dropped Cell Phone Does Not Lead to Spoliation Sanctions Under Amended Rule 37(e): eDiscovery Case Law

In Shaffer v. Gaither, No. 14-00106 (W.D. N.C., Sept. 1, 2016), North Carolina District Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. ruled that the sanction of dismissal requested by the defendant for the plaintiff’s lost text messages was...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

Energy Newsletter - October 2016

Negotiating an In-Project Construction Dispute - Many thorny and competing interests are implicated when an ongoing major construction project experiences an unanticipated event that impacts the project schedule or...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

SEC Brings First Stand-Alone Whistleblower Retaliation Enforcement Action - On September 29, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) brought its first stand-alone whistleblower retaliation case under...more

OIG Approves Free Vaccine Refrigeration Systems in Physician Offices

On September 16, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) released Advisory Opinion 16-09, approving a refrigerator manufacturer’s proposal to install a vaccine storage and...more

Monster Movie Month: Episode I – Leadership Lessons from Frankenstein

Yes October is here in full swing and for me that means I get to pull out all the old classic Universal Studio monster movies from the 1930’s and 1940’s. This year I decided to revisit the most classic of them all,...more

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