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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

Business Litigation Alert: "What You Don't Keep Can Hurt You"

A recent Texas Supreme Court decision has important implications for the policies companies follow in Texas to avoid accusations that they have tampered with evidence or destroyed records improperly. The Supreme Court...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

The Ghosts of Litigation Holds Past

Earlier this year, in the widely followed In re: Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation matter, a Louisiana federal jury ordered a drug manufacturer to pay $6 billion in punitive damages and $1.5 million in actual...more

Court Aims to "Fill in the Gaps" of Texas Spoliation Law

Acknowledging increasing difficulties associated with maintaining large volumes of electronic information in today's digital age, the Texas Supreme Court recently issued its opinion in Brookshire Bros. v. Aldridge. The...more

Sixth Circuit Analyzes Standards for Sanctions for Failing to Preserve Evidence

In Automated Solutions Corp. v. Paragon Data Systems, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 11918 (6th Cir. June 25, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit provided a close examination of the standards required for...more

Texas Supreme Court Rules on Spoliation Instructions

The court holds that, with rare exception, intent is required for spoliation instructions in Texas. On July 3, the Texas Supreme Court issued its ruling in Brookshire Brothers, Ltd. v. Aldridge, holding, with a narrow...more

Texas Supreme Court Clarifies Spoliation Under Texas Law

After years of awaiting clarity from the Supreme Court of Texas regarding spoliation under Texas law, the Supreme Court issued a significant decision that will shift how Texas state courts handle civil jury instructions...more

Lessons From A Cautionary Tale of Electronic Discovery Pitfalls in Health Care Litigation

E-discovery is especially challenging in healthcare related litigation due to the healthcare industry’s reliance on electronically stored information (ESI), the volume of medical records often at issue in health care...more

You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide From Sanctions in Discovery

In an October 2013 order in Digital Vending Services International, Inc. v. University of Phoenix, the judge refused to grant the defendants’ request for spoliation sanctions but punished the plaintiff for its disclosure of...more

The Long Arm of E-Discovery Stretches Overseas

Earlier this year, Kazuaki Fujitani, the general manager of a Japanese company’s sales division, pled guilty to obstruction of justice for destroying numerous e-mails and other documents in a federal investigation by the...more

The New Rule 37(e) Pushes Forward

The proposed revision of Rule 37(e), which recently cleared another hurdle in the rulemaking process, could dramatically limit the exposure companies face from spoliation claims. It may also go too far....more

Spoliation Instruction But No Terminating Sanctions in Coding Trade Secrets Case

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas declined to impose litigation ending discovery sanctions for several claims of spoliation, but does plan to issue a spoliation instruction in Quantlab...more

PersonalWeb v. Google: Duty to Preserve Emails Began When Patent Was Acquired

PersonalWeb Technologies, LLC ("PersonalWeb") filed a patent infringement action against Google for infringement of its "Truenames" patents. Google filed a motion for sanctions based on a contention that PersonalWeb...more

The Spoliation of Text Messages

In the era of Twitter and Instagram, it should come as no surprise that a party’s cell phone data, including text messages, may prove invaluable to an adverse party during the course of litigation. As with any other...more

Court Denies an Adverse Interference Absent Materiality (New York)

Cognex Corporation v. Microscan Systems, Inc., 2013 WL 6906221 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 31, 2013). in this patent infringement suit, the defendants moved for sanctions for spoliation of a disk that was essentially destroyed...more

Plaintiffs’ Attempt to Conceal Certain Text Messages Backfires (Puerto Rico)

Calderon v. Corporacion Puertorriquena de Salud, 2014 WL 171599 (D. P. R. Jan. 16, 2014). In this employment law case, the plaintiffs only produced a portion of the demanded text messages during discovery, claiming the...more

District Court Refuses to Vacate Sanctions Ruling for Spoliation after Settlement

Digital-Vending Services International, LLC ("Digital-Vending") filed a patent infringement action against The University of Phoenix, Inc. and Apollo Group, Inc. ("Defendants"). During the course of the litigation, the...more

Sanctions ordered against business for unintentional failure to protect evidence in anticipation of litigation

Following a broadening trend, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California recently held that a party is subject to sanctions – including an adverse inference instruction at trial – for negligently failing...more

Google Case Provides Spoliation Exception to Living Document Safeguard

Google has come under scrutiny in the last few years over collecting information from users’ email accounts to provide targeted advertising for its paid clients. ...more

Gross Negligence Enough for Adverse Inference Instruction

In 2003, Judge Shira Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued five landmark decisions, which have since shaped the landscape of electronic discovery and document preservation. ...more

Lackluster Retention Policy Leads to Spoliation Sanctions (California)

Zest IP Holdings, LLC v. Implant Direct Mfg., LLC, 2013 WL 6159177 (S.D. Cal. Nov. 25, 2013). In this patent and trademark infringement case, the plaintiffs sought sanctions for the defendants’ alleged spoliation and...more

“Saving Everything” No Defense to Spoliation Argument

As we discussed in our previous spoliation post, parties are required to place a litigation hold on all documents once litigation could be reasonably anticipated. Although there are certain definite “trigger events”, such as...more

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