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Retail Hospitality Newsletter - Late Fall 2016

Sudden cardiac arrest (“SCA”) is the largest cause of natural death in the United Statesand is responsible for approximately half of all heart disease deaths. SCA, however, is not a “heart attack” (i.e. an artery blockage)...more

2016 eDiscovery Case Law Year in Review, Part 4

As we noted yesterday, Tuesday and Monday, eDiscovery Daily published 74 posts related to eDiscovery case decisions and activities over the past year, covering 62 unique cases! Yesterday, we looked back at cases related to...more

2016 eDiscovery Case Law Year in Review, Part 3

As we noted yesterday and Monday, eDiscovery Daily published 74 posts related to eDiscovery case decisions and activities over the past year, covering 62 unique cases! Yesterday, we looked back at cases related to...more

2016 eDiscovery Case Law Year in Review, Part 2

As we noted yesterday, eDiscovery Daily published 74 posts related to eDiscovery case decisions and activities over the past year, covering 62 unique cases! Yesterday, we looked back at cases related to admissibility and...more

The Rise of Spoliation Claims In Premises Liability Cases

“Spoliation” generally includes the destruction of evidence or the failure to preserve property for another’s use as evidence in pending or reasonably foreseeable litigation. See Owner-Operator Indep. Drivers Ass’n v....more

Plaintiff’s Intentional Deletion of Emails to Competitors Leads to Order to Produce Gmail Account: eDiscovery Case Law

In Cohn et. al. v. Guaranteed Rate, Inc., No. 14-9369 (N.D. Ill., Dec. 8, 2016), Illinois District Judge John Robert Blakey granted in part and denied in part the defendant’s motion to compel discovery, for spoliation...more

Magistrate’s Decision Regarding Spoliation Is Affirmed

Magistrate’s May 20, 2016 opinion regarding spoliation is affirmed. Plaintiff’s objections to the magistrate’s opinion granting in part and denying in part plaintiff’s motion for sanctions and substantive relief due to...more

Client’s Bad Behavior Imputed to Counsel – Both Get Sanctioned

In Arrowhead Capital Fin. Ltd. v. Seven Arts Entertainment, Inc. 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126545 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 16, 2016), District Judge Katherine Polk Failla imposed significant sanctions upon both the Chief Executive Officer...more

Minimal Sanctions for a Minimal Showing of Prejudice

First Am. Title Ins. Co. v. Northwest Title Ins. Agency, No. 2:15-cv-00229 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 118377 (D. Utah Aug. 31, 2016). The court denied the majority of sanctions a party sought for spoliation of evidence where...more

Was Spoliation Intentional? Court Will Let Jury Decide: eDiscovery Case Law

In Cahill v. Dart, No. 13-cv-361 (N.D. Ill. Dec. 2, 2016), Illinois District Judge John Z. Lee adopted, with modifications, the Report and Recommendation of Magistrate Judge Cox regarding the plaintiff’s motion to sanction...more

2016 E-Discovery Case Law Top Ten List (#2 May Shock You!)

It’s been a year since the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were amended. Each rule to be changed was examined by panels of discovery experts, who focused on what was working and what was not. That’s why taking a look back on...more

Defendant Sanctioned for Spoliation of Physical Evidence, But Not ESI: eDiscovery Case Law

In Reed v. Kindercare Learning Centers et. al., No. 15-5634 (W.D. Wash., Nov. 17, 2016), Washington District Judge Benjamin H. Settle (yes, that’s his real name!) granted the plaintiff’s motion for discovery sanctions with...more

Discovery Misconduct “As Deep As It Is Wide” Merits Harsh Sanctions

Arrowhead Capital Fin., Ltd. v. Seven Arts Entertainment, Inc., No. 14 Civ. 6512 (KPF), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126545 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 16, 2016). The court imposed substantial sanctions on the defendants and their...more

Stop the Music: $25 Million Verdict Intact Despite Party’s Intentional Spoliation of Evidence

The court entered final judgment, upholding the jury’s findings and denying the defendant’s motion for a new trial, finding that harsher sanctions for the plaintiff’s intentional spoliation of material evidence were not...more

Defendant Sanctioned for Failing to Preserve Text Messages and Failing to Produce Native Format Data: eDiscovery Case Law

In First Financial Security, Inc. v. Freedom Equity Group, LLC, No. 15-1893 (N.D. Cal., Oct. 7, 2016), California Magistrate Judge Howard R. Lloyd issued permissive adverse inference instruction sanctions against the...more

Not an LOL Matter: Court Provides Guidance on Steps Litigants Should Take to Preserve Text Messages

We’ve all been there. Your friends throw you in the pool with your phone in your pocket. You repeatedly slice your finger on shards of glass from your phone’s shattered screen. Or, maybe you forget your phone isn’t waterproof...more

Spoliator Alert! Discarding Your Pipes, Sumps and Slabs Can Cost You

The New Jersey Appellate Court recently upheld a spoliation claim against a plaintiff company that sued prior owners for violations of New Jersey’s Spill Compensation and Control Act and common law claims of nuisance and...more

E-Discovery Nightmares: 5 Experts Share Tales of Redactions, Huge Data Sets, and Things That Go Bump in the Night

Now that the days are growing short, and the summer sun gone, leaving us with overcast skies and wind driven mists clinging to the rain-soaked hills, the mood is set for telling stories of ghouls, goblins, and other specters...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

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

“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

"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

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

Medical Litigation Newsletter - October 2016

When a Defensible Claim Goes Sour: Defending Spoliation of Evidence Claims - Let us assume you have a credible defense to the negligence allegations as to the care and treatment provided by a doctor, hospital, medical...more

Appeals Court Upholds Default Judgment for Discovery Violations, Including Wiping Files from Laptop: eDiscovery Case Law

In Trude et. al. v. Glenwood State Bank, et. al., Nos. A15-0378, A15-1863, A15-1864 (Minn. App., Aug. 15, 2016), a Minnesota Appeals Court affirmed the trial court’s entry of default judgment for repeated discovery...more

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