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I’ve Made a Huge Mistake: Intentional Destruction of ESI is No Illusion

In season three of the series Arrested Development, episode 11 finds George Bluth, Sr. unsurprisingly using a giant electromagnet in an attempt to delete electronic computer files, which could potentially indict him for...more

You Can’t Delete and You Can’t “Hide” (New York)

Thurmond v. Bowman, 2016 WL 1295957 (W.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2016) - In this Fair Housing Act case, the defendants motioned for sanctions against the plaintiff for deleting Facebook posts. The plaintiff argued that the posts...more

Court Holds High Bar for Imposing Sanctions under Rule 37(e) (Texas)

Orchestratehr, Inc. v. Trombetta, 2016 WL 1555784 (N.D. Tex. Apr. 18, 2016) - In this case regarding a non-compete agreement, plaintiffs motioned for sanctions against one of the defendants for deleting emails which they...more

Litigants Need to Prove Existence of Missing Data for FRCP 37(e) Sanctions California

FiTeq Inc. v. Venture Corp., 2016 WL 1701794 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 28, 2016) - In this contract law case, the plaintiff moved for sanctions against the defendant for failing to produce emails related to the litigation. Namely,...more

LBL’S Persistence Pays Off With Sanctions Against Plaintiff's Counsel

LBL is currently defending a big box store in an alleged bedbug infestation case. During the course of litigation, Plaintiff’s counsel cancelled three properly-noticed depositions of his client. Upon cancelling the third...more

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

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