Spoliation

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Hip Implant MDL Denies Summary Judgment on Claims of Plaintiffs Who Failed to Preserve Explanted Devices

Regular readers of this blog know that we have a pretty jaded view of many MDLs. Obviously consolidation makes sense, at least on paper, in terms of efficiency and the best use of scarce court resources. But, in practice,...more

Case Law: You Can’t Spoliate Evidence That You Don’t Possess

HCC Ins. Holdings, Inc. v. Flowers, No. 1:15-cv-3262-WSD, 2017 WL 393732 (N.D. Ga. Jan. 30, 2017). In this case, the court denied a motion for sanctions because the plaintiff failed to prove that the defendant ever...more

Finding of Exceptionality Leaves Unsuccessful Infringement Plaintiff Liable for Over $50 Million in Attorney Fees and Costs

Needless to say, a finding of exceptionality under 35 U.S.C. § 285 can have crippling consequences. Just ask Rembrandt Technologies, LP, which recently was slapped with an order to pay the prevailing defendants in a...more

‘Very Poor Practice’ in Preservation Offset by the Defendant’s Choice Not to Review

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Cuker Interactive, LLC, No. 5.14-CV-5262 (W.D. Ark. Jan 19, 2017). In this long-running contract case, the defendant, Cuker Interactive, requested sanctions against the plaintiff, Wal-Mart Stores...more

"The E-Discovery Digest - March 2017"

The sixth 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

Spoliation of Truck Evidence Precludes Plaintiffs’ Use of That Evidence “As a Sword”: eDiscovery Case Law

In Below v. Yokohama Tire Corp., No. 15-cv-529 (W.D. Wisc. Feb. 27, 2017), Wisconsin District Judge William M. Conley, deciding on several pre-trial motions, granted (to an extent) the defendants’ motion for relief due to...more

Why Courts Should Not Go 'Over and Above' the Federal Rules to Impose Sanctions for Loss of ESI

A recent case offers a cautionary tale of how courts may cite to the requirements of amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e), which governs imposing sanctions for failure to preserve electronically stored information...more

Spoiler Alert: Florida Appellate Court Upholds PMA Preemption and Rejects Parallel Claim

Over the years, comedian Adam Carolla has played the “Germany or Florida” game on his various radio and tv programs and podcasts. The game is based on the observation that many of the most bizarre stories of human ineptitude...more

Lack Of Prejudice Results In Limited Sanction Against Defendant

In one of the first cases interpreting newly amended Fed. R. Civ. P. 37, F.T.C. v. DirecTV, Inc., 15-cv-01129-HSG, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 176873 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 21, 2016), Magistrate Judge Maria Elena James of the Northern...more

With No Intent or Duty to Preserve, Court Finds No Spoliation Occurred: eDiscovery Case Law

In Archer et. al. v. York City School District, et. al., No. 13-2826 (M.D. Pa., Dec. 28, 2016), Pennsylvania District Judge John E. Jones, III ruled that the plaintiffs had presented no evidence showing that the defendants...more

Exterro Releases Third Annual Federal Judges Survey: E-Discovery Advice for Becoming a Better Attorney

Today Exterro announced the results of the Third Annual Federal Judges Survey: E-Discovery Advice for Becoming a Better Attorney. Twenty-two (22) Federal Judges completed this year’s survey, conducted by Exterro, answering 25...more

Forgetting about the Other Side of the Law is Criminal: eDiscovery Case Law

In our webcast on Wednesday titled What Every Attorney Should Know About eDiscovery in 2017, we covered (as we always do) several key cases that established eDiscovery best practices and trends (and a few with litigants...more

Reasonable Steps to Preserve Evidence Yield More Than Selective Preservation

Sec. Alarm Fin. Enters., L.P. v. Alarm Protection Tech., LLC, No. 3:13-cv-00102-SLG, 2016 WL 7115911 (D. Alaska Dec. 6, 2016). Limited sanctions were appropriate under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e)(1) where a...more

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

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