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IP Newsflash - December 2014

Federal Circuit Vacates Lower Court’s Obviousness Finding Based on Incorrect Application of Inherency Doctrine - In Par Pharmaceutical, the Federal Circuit vacated an obviousness ruling by the district court, finding...more

Defendants’ Failure to Impose Litigation Hold Leads to Sanctions (Arizona)

Vicente v. City of Prescott, 2014 WL 3894131 (D. Ariz. Aug. 8, 2014. In this employment dispute case, the plaintiffs sought a summary judgment motion and motion for sanctions due to the defendants’ “failure to preserve...more

Shoddy Mobile Device Use Policy and Failure to Institute Litigation Hold Leads to Default Judgment and Hefty Sanctions (Nevada)

Small v. Univ. Med. Ctr. of S. Nev., No. 2:13-cv-00298-APG-PAL, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114406 (D. Nev. Aug. 18, 2014). In this employment law dispute, the court appointed a special master to resolve discovery issues....more

Though Destruction of Evidence was Egregious, Lesser Sanctions Ordered (New York)

Hawley v. Mphasis Corp., 2014 WL 3610946 (S.D.N.Y. July 22, 2014). In this employment discrimination case, the plaintiff moved for sanctions due to defendant’s alleged discovery violations. The plaintiff claimed that...more

The 21st Century Water Cooler: Discovery and Text Messages

Text messages, once the exclusive domain of teenagers and college students, are increasingly used in business communications. These communications are, unsurprisingly, also discoverable in a wide variety of litigation...more

Court Denies Monetary Sanctions Based on Overdesignation of Documents As Confidential-Outside Counsel Eyes Only But Orders...

In this patent infringement action brought by plaintiff Trustees of Boston University ("BU") , BU alleged that defendants infringed U.S. Patent No. 5,686,738 (the "'738 Patent"), which pertains to light emitting diodes...more

S.D.N.Y. Issues Spoliation Sanctions Against Foot Locker

The sanctions recently levied against Foot Locker serve as a potent reminder that understanding data and document preservation requirements is imperative. A New York federal judge issued sanctions against Foot Locker last...more

Donald Trump Sanctioned for Failure to Disclose Insurance Policy In Ft. Lauderdale Condo-Hotel Case

Last week, Judge Kathleen Williams of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida granted plaintiffs’ motion for sanctions against Donald Trump for his initial failure to disclose a relevant insurance policy...more

Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Aim to Reduce the Costs and Burdens of Discovery

Organizations involved in litigation—as well as those navigating their obligation to preserve information for potential litigation—are likely to benefit from the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure...more

Motion to Compel = Motion of Last Resort

The other side is not giving you adequate discovery responses. In frustration, you may want to file a motion to compel. But stay calm and consider carefully whether doing so really makes sense and if there are better...more

Thorny Issues to Consider Before Buying Into BYOD

A salesperson and her boss are attending a conference at a hotel. Their goals are twofold: learning the latest industry trends and mingling with clients to generate business. After the sessions end, they invite two potential...more

After Parties Engaged in "Abusive Litigation Tactics," Court Orders Clients to Consent to the Filing of Any Further Motions to...

After the district court granted a motion to compel in which it overruled the defendants' objections and ordered the defendants to provide complete responses to the interrogatories and to produce all responsive documents, the...more

Love, But Don’t Leave, Your Litigation Holds

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

Quality Control Is Job 1

In January, U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal sanctioned Samsung and its law firm for a series of violations involving the disclosure of a document containing confidential information in contravention of the court’s...more

The Civil Rules Committee Goes Back to the Drawing Board on Rule 37(e)

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

Reed Smith Lawyers Support Proposed Federal Rules Reforms

A number of Reed Smith attorneys have been active in supporting the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, particularly those aimed at narrowing the discovery process through consideration of...more

Nevada Judge Sanctions State AG In Robosigning Suit

On January 30, Nevada’s Clark County District Court ordered the State AG to pay attorneys’ fees in connection with a mortgage servicing vendor’s attempts to obtain discovery in the state’s case alleging the company...more

Ediscovery Year(s) in Review: The Bigger Picture from 2008—2013

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

2013 Case Law: “Back to Basics” Approach Gave Us Something to Chew On

2013 for ediscovery “was a very good year.” The courts’ unified message was simple (showing a renewed interest proportionality and cooperation), clear (attorneys in 2013 must know ediscovery), and even a bit provocative (see...more

Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules Provide Some Relief from the Fear of Sanctions in ESI, But Preservation Best Practices...

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

You Can't Appeal That! Or Can You?

You may remember the case of Out of the Box Developers, LLC v. Logicbit Corp. It has spawned a couple of interesting discovery decisions. One was on subpoenas to third parties, another involved nearly $40,000 in sanctions for...more

Top EDiscovery Case Summaries - October 2013: Kansas: Court Refuses to Presume Prejudice Suffered by Deletion of ESI, Denies...

Herrmann v. Rain Link, Inc., 2013 WL 4028759 (D. Kan. Aug. 7, 2013). In this litigation brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act and related Kansas state law, the plaintiff sought sanctions for the defendants’...more

Top EDiscovery Case Summaries - October 2013: California: Court Orders Sanctions, Threatens Order to Retain an Ediscovery Vendor...

Logtale Ltd.v. IKOR, Inc., 2013 WL 3967750 (N.D. Cal. July 31, 2013). In this misrepresentation case, the plaintiffs sought to compel the defendants to comply with a prior court order and compel production from a defendant...more

Top 5 Ediscovery Case Summaries – September 2013: Virginia - Divorcee Gets Sanctioned for Using Vindictive Discovery Tactics...

Christ v. Flinthill Space Comm. Trust, 2013 WL 3771178 (Va. June 17, 2013). In this divorce case, the plaintiff and her counsel were fined $880,748.26 for using abusive, “vindictive” discovery tactics. ...more

Proposed Amendments to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Include Limitations on Discovery and Spoliation Sanctions, Published for...

The costs that parties incur in the broils of litigation have been on the front burner in recent years, with the temperature rising. In 2010, the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules sponsored a Conference on...more

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