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Recent Developments in Court Decisions on E-discovery Issues

The duty to preserve and collect data that may be discoverable once litigation is reasonably anticipated is well established. The following are highlights from recent Court decisions affecting the eDiscovery process. Although...more

Court Redefines the Legal Standard for Preservation Obligations (4th Circuit)

Blue Sky Travel & Tours, LLC v. Al Tayyar, 2015 WL 1451636 (4th Cir. Mar. 31, 2015). In this breach of contract case, the defendants failed to produce relevant documents despite a court order, and sanctions were imposed....more

Court Finds No Spoliation after Deletion of Emails during Routine Audit (Missouri)

Gladue v. Saint Francis Medical Center, 2015 WL 1359091 (E.D. Mo. Mar. 24, 2015). In this employment case, the plaintiff sought sanctions for the spoliation of deleted emails. After the plaintiff had been terminated from...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending April 10, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Mediation: trial court erred in compelling borrowers to produce financial information at mediation not relevant pre-foreclosure judgment – Morejon v. F&M Real, Inc., No. 2D14-2531...more

E-Discovery Update: “Discovery on Discovery”

As discovery has evolved into an electronic undertaking, large corporations increasingly find themselves defending their efforts to comply with the discovery requests of skeptical opposing counsel. ...more

Pure Speculation is Not Enough for Sanctions (Florida)

Advantor Systems Corp. v. DRS Technical Services, Inc., 2015 WL 403308 (M.D. Fl. Jan. 28, 2015). In this non-disclosure case, the plaintiff sought sanctions after the defendant reformatted an employee laptop, allegedly...more

Roadmap to Prison: Lessons Learned from the Criminal Prosecution of Alpha Ambulance’s Leaders

No one running an ambulance company ever planned to go to prison for doing his or her job. But that is a real possibility if the government knocks on the door, and the owner or manager is dishonest in his or her response to...more

Legal Ethics and Social Media: What Pre-Litigation Advice May an Attorney Provide to His or Her Client?

When meeting with your client about a matter that will likely result in litigation, what advice can you give your client about privacy settings and removal of information from social media in the pre-litigation setting? The...more

Not so Fast — The Texas Supreme Court Shows Reluctance to Allow Claims for Spoliation of Evidence

In Wackenhut Corp. v. Gutierrez, 2015 Tex. LEXIS 112, 58 Tex. Sup. Ct. J. 289 (Tex. 2015), the Texas Supreme Court reversed the jury verdict against Wackenhut because a spoliation instruction was erroneously given by the...more

Ethical Obligations for Florida Attorneys: Advising Clients on Social Media - Rule 4-1.1 and Rule 4-3.4 Describe the Competency...

What ethical obligations does a Florida attorney have when advising a client to remove material from social media sites before litigation? Until recently, it was an open question; however, on Jan. 23, 2015, The Florida Bar’s...more

2014 E-Discovery Year in Review - "Courts continued in 2014 to endorse the use of technology to improve the efficiency and...

2014 demonstrated that management and discovery of electronic information continues to be a challenging issue in litigation. A review of 2014 court decisions also underscores the importance of litigation hold notices,...more

Jan. 27 At Faruqi Trial: No “Spoliation” Of Blood-Stained Carpet, Judge Says

January 27 at the Marchuk v. Faruqi sexual harassment trial: Judge Alvin Hellerstein has denied Alexandra Marchuk’s request for an adverse inference instruction based on Faruqi’s destruction of the alleged blood-stained...more

Jan. 26 at the Faruqi sex harassment trial: NSFW!

PARENTAL ADVISORY: This is testimony in a sexual harassment case, so it’s necessarily NSFW (Not Suitable For Work. Unless you’re an employment lawyer or HR professional, in which case it’s AIADW (All In A Day’s Work).)...more

A Game-Changing Misstep for Walmart?

A federal district court recently sanctioned Walmart for "spoliation of evidence" in an employment litigation case. Although Walmart has asked the Court to reconsider its decision or allow it to appeal the decision to the...more

Deleted E-Mails? What Happens to the CCJEF Litigation Now?

This one should be pretty obvious, but for the record, it’s never a good idea to destroy potential evidence. For better or worse, however, it looks like the possible destruction of evidence will now be the focal point...more

E-Discovery Year in Review, Part 1

As Oscar Wilde suggested, life often imitates art. Indeed, this year, e-discovery imitated art: lyrics from a surprising number of the top 14 songs of 2014 (according to iTunes downloads) eerily match some of this year’s most...more

Bad Faith Spoliation of Audio Data Results in Adverse Inference Instruction (New York)

Novick v. AXA Network, LLC, 2014 WL 5364100 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 22, 2014). In this contract dispute case, the plaintiff made a motion for sanctions under Rule 37(b)(2) requesting the court strike the defendants’ answer and...more

Penalties for Spoliation of “Tangible Objects”

Sometimes three red groupers are a “tangible object”, but mostly they are just, well, uh, fish. In the summer of 2007, boat owner and Captain, John Yates was leading a fishing trip on his boat, the “Miss Katie”....more

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

The Duty to Preserve Electronically Stored Information

As soon as a party is served with a summons and complaint and sometimes sooner, there arises a duty to preserve evidence, including electronically stored information (ESI). This duty requires both counsel and clients to...more

Plaintiff’s Vacation to Hawaii was a Nightmare, or not?

What happens when your dream vacation turns into a nightmare? That’s easy; it’s America, so obviously you sue everyone who may be responsible. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, the opposing side may not comply with e-discovery...more

Missing Transmittal Envelope Was Not The Intentional Spoliation Of Evidence Justifying Indiana Tax Court’s Dismissal Of Income Tax...

An Indiana gambler lost another hand in the latest ruling by the Tax Court on his continuing discovery disputes with the Indiana Department of Revenue. On September 18th the Court denied Nick Popovich’s motion for default...more

Circuit Court Finds Failure to Provide Sufficient Evidence, Affirms Denial of Sanctions (Ohio)

Automated Solutions Corp. v. Paragon Data Sys., Inc., 2014 WL 2869286 (6th Cir. June 25, 2014). In this copyright infringement case, the plaintiff appealed a lower court’s ruling that denied the spoliation sanctions...more

“Less Accessible” Information Leads to Spoliation Sanctions (New York)

Mazzei v. Money Store, 2014 WL 3610894 (S.D. N.Y. July 21, 2014). In this class action fraud case, the plaintiffs asserted that the defendants failed in their duty to preserve electronic information relevant to...more

Texas Supreme Court Issues New Framework for Spoliation Sanctions

On July 3, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court issued an opinion intended to clarify the circumstances in which a trial court may impose sanctions for spoliation, including specifically the submission of a spoliation instruction to...more

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