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Can Amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(E) Rewrite Plaintiffs' Spoliation Playbook?

The application of Rule 37(e) may limit spoliation litigation to issues relevant to underlying claims and defenses. A key component in plaintiffs’ playbook when facing a corporate defendant is to attempt to try cases...more

Case and Sanctions Dismissed in Light of New Evidence (New York)

CAT3, LLC v. Black Lineage, Inc., No. 14 Civ. 5511 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 4, 2016) - In this trademark infringement case, the parties stipulated to dismissal, with prejudice, of all remaining claims in the case. Previously, the...more

Claims of Lightning Strike and Power Surge Fail to Protect Against Sanctions (California)

InternMatch v. Nxtbigthing, 2016 WL 491483 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 8, 2016) - In this trademark infringement case, the plaintiff brought terminating sanctions against the defendants, accusing the defendants of intentionally...more

Court Orders Document Production Without Prejudice To Later Sanctions

Stark, C. J. Sanctions motion is considered. Defendant seeks sanctions for plaintiff’s failure to comply with a court order to produce documents....more

Federal Court Offers Clues in How the Newly Amended Rule 37(e) Will Be Applied When Electronically Stored Information Is Not...

Among the most significant changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that went into effect in December 2015 were amendments to Rule 37(e), which defines spoliation in the context of electronically stored information...more

Carefully Collect E-Data: Avoid the Metadata Minefield

You and your client need to use caution when collecting electronic data for discovery: One false step could result in major problems. Although it may seem quick and easy to, e.g., log on to a person’s computer, look at...more

Court Vacates Prior Adverse Inference Order in Light of Amended Rule 37(e) (California)

Nuvasive v. Madsen Med., 2016 WL 305096 (S.D. Cal. Jan. 26, 2016) - In this case, the court granted the plaintiff’s motion to vacate a prior order that imposed an adverse inference for the plaintiff’s failure to preserve...more

E-Discovery Update: Changes to Rule 37’s Failure-to-Preserve-ESI Sanctions Impact Recent Rulings

For years, companies have battled different sanction standards for the failure to preserve documents. This led to over-preservation, where, to avoid accusations of “negligent” failure, companies preserved every shred of...more

Steps Companies May Take to Comply with Revised Document Retention Requirements

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) sets forth the requirements for the retention of electronically stored information ("ESI") and the corresponding sanctions available to remedy the loss of ESI. New amendments to Rule...more

The E-Discovery Digest - February 2016

This is the third edition of The E-Discovery Digest, a periodic publication on notable decisions relating to key discovery topics. It is designed to keep clients up to date on the evolving state of the law regarding discovery...more

Government Can Fail to Preserve Too, Court Awards Sanctions (New Jersey)

United States v. Vaughn, 2015 WL 6948577 (D. N.J. Nov. 10, 2015) - In this criminal case, a pro se defendant sought to dismiss the indictment and other sanctions for the government’s failure to preserve text messages...more

Appellate Court Affirms Sanctions in Light of “Delay Tactics” and Spoliation (Massachusetts)

Long Bay Management Co. v. Haese, 2015 WL 7213811 (Mass. App. Ct. Nov. 17, 2015) - In this overbilling dispute, the defendants appealed a judgment pursuant to an order of default sanctions and an order assessing damages,...more

Court Finds Sanctions Inappropriate Following Plaintiff’s Failure to Establish Prejudice (Georgia)

West v. Talton, 2015 WL 6675565 (M.D. Ga. Nov. 2, 2015) - In this case, the court granted the defendants’ motion to exclude plaintiff’s use of any argument or evidence of alleged spoliation. The plaintiff discovered that...more

District Court Grants Sanctions Reducing Number of 30(b)(6) Depositions, Awarding Costs to Plaintiff and with a Warning that...

In this patent infringement action, the plaintiff filed a motion for discovery sanctions. The plaintiff argued in its motion that defendant failed to comply with the district court's October 7, 2015 oral discovery order and...more

Year in Review: Top Ediscovery Cases of 2015

As another year wraps up, we look forward to the holidays and the promise of a new year. There is no better time to remember the highlights of ediscovery case law in 2015. Duty to preserve, emphasis on proportionality and...more

2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: What You Need to Know

The 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure have been years in the making and will finally take effect on December 1. The amendments include changes that redefine the scope of relevant discovery and provide...more

Looking Back on 2014: The 7 Most Important eDiscovery Cases in Delaware - Part 6

This is the sixth in a series of posts summarizing the 7 most important eDiscovery cases in Delaware in 2014. Gloria James v. National Financial LLC, and Loan Till Payday LLC, C.A. No. 8931–VCL, December 5, 2014....more

2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure now in effect

Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect December 1. The rules committee’s objectives behind the amendments were to (1) reduce delay, (2) encourage judges to get more involved, (3) clarify the scope...more

Gavel to Gavel: Federal rules amended

Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect Dec. 1. These amendments are designed to save litigants time and money by reducing delay, encouraging courts to limit discovery, sharpening the scope of...more

The 2015 FRCP Amendments: ‘Tis the Season

Hoping to find the perfect gift for the ediscovery professional in your life? Look no further than the 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP)....more

E-Discovery and Information Management: Can Clicking "Like" Make or Break a Lawsuit? (12/15)

Virtually everyone uses social media to engage with family and friends, to follow politics and popular culture, and to conduct business. As social media use becomes increasingly engrained in American culture, businesses have...more

Will Amendments to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 26(b)(1) and 37(e) Reduce the Scope and Costs of Discovery?

December 1, 2015, which quite fittingly has been declared the inaugural E-Discovery Day, marks the implementation of a package of amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, concluding a process that began more than...more

ESI & eDiscovery FRCP Changes @ 12/1/15 — While You Were Leftover-Eating

Introduction: Now that you’ve likely had your fill of turkey sandwiches, turkey salad, turkey soup and the like, there is a new development on which to focus. On midnight December 1, 2015 the eDiscovery-related Federal Rules...more

High Noon at the Train Station: Social Media and Modern E-Discovery

Most people take time zones for granted these days, but it was this week in 1883 that railroad companies in both Canada and the United States started using four continental time zones. Until then, time was local, based on...more

CLIENT ALERT: Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Amendments to Take Effect December 1, 2015

On December 1, 2015, amendments to Rules 1, 4, 16, 26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 37, 55 and 84 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure will become effective. These amendments were originally approved by the Judicial Conference in...more

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