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Chadbourne Litigation Settles, Leaving Unanswered Questions About Equal Pay Claims

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The parties to a high-profile Equal Pay Act lawsuit have reached a multi-million dollar settlement that will be sure to capture the attention of employers across the country. Former partners of the law firm Chadbourne & Parke...more

Court Rules on Scope of Plaintiff Discovery Requests: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Performance Pulsation Control, Inc. v. Sigma Drilling Techs., LLC, et al., No. 4:17-CV-00450 (E.D. Tex. Fe. 13, 2018), Texas District Judge Amos L. Mazzant granted the plaintiff’s motion to compel in part, ordering the...more

Court Orders Defendants to Search Personal and Business Email Accounts

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Campbell v. Chadbourne & Parke LLP, 16-CV-6832 (JPO) (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 9, 2017). This proposed class action alleging that the law firm of Chadbourne & Parke intentionally and systematically underpaid its female partners has...more

Nobody Doesn’t Like Terminating Sanctions for Fabrication of Text Messages: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Lee v. Trees, Inc., No. 3:15-cv-0165-AC (D. Or. Nov. 6, 2017), Oregon Magistrate Judge John V. Acosta granted the defendants’ motion for terminating sanctions where the plaintiff was found to have manufactured text...more

Dispute Over Scope of Preservation Obligation Leads to Partial Sanctions For Now: eDiscovery Case Law

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In E.E.O.C. v. GMRI, Inc., No. 15-20561-CIV-LENARD/GOODMAN (S.D. Fla. Nov. 1, 2017), Florida Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman, in a very lengthy and detailed order, denied in part and granted in part the plaintiff’s motion...more

Lessons You Can Learn From the Chadbourne Litigation and Ensuing Discovery Disputes

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When you combine an increased social awareness of pay disparity issues with an influx of new pay equity legislation at the state and local level, it’s no surprise that lawsuits involving large and high-profile employers are...more

Practical Reminder: Personal Email Is Discoverable

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Last week, a federal judge presiding over a sex discrimination case ordered several members of management to search their personal email accounts and turn over all relevant information. The ruling serves as a reminder of the...more

Cooperation And Competence Are Critical, Concludes One Court

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

United States v. New Mexico State Univ., No. 1:16-cv-00911-JAP-LF, 2017 WL 4386358 (D.N.M. Sept. 29, 2017) This case, which arises from allegations of pay discrimination by New Mexico State University (“NMSU”) based on...more

Texts and Message Apps Are Changing Internal Investigations

It almost goes without saying that these days not all pertinent business-related communications can be found on corporate email servers. As we have increasingly seen in recent internal investigations, some of the most...more

Securing Your Firm or Business Before (And If) an Employee Betrays You

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Imagine that several months ago, you hired an energetic employee that originally had a lot of ideas for the growth of your company, but now just has a lot of excuses for poor performance. You can't prove it, you've heard...more

Use of Text Messaging Should Change the Nature of Evidence Gathering in Internal Investigations

It doesn’t take a millennial to know that these days not all pertinent business-related communications are to be found on corporate e-mail servers. As we have increasingly seen in recent internal investigations, the most...more

In a Second Case, Judge Specifies Search Terms for Parties to Use: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Abbott v. Wyoming Cty. Sheriff’s Office, No. 15-CV-531W (W.D.N.Y. May 16, 2017), New York Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott granted the plaintiff’s motion to compel and defendant’s cross-motion in part, ordering the defendant...more

Exploring the Limits of Compliance With a Data Subject Access Request

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Holyoake v Candy and another [2017] EWHC 52 (QB) saw the U.K. High Court look into the issue of compliance with a data subject access request (DSAR). The parties in this case were already involved in high-value court...more

[Event] Corporate Counsel Conference - May 3-5, Chicago, Illinois

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During this unique conference, we will explore the workplace of tomorrow with live technology demonstrations and in-depth, collaborative presentations and workshops....more

Court Rejects Overly Broad Request For Forensic Imaging Of Plaintiff’s Personal Computers

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An Illinois appellate court has vacated a trial court’s order compelling the forensic imaging of several personal computers used by plaintiff, applying a balancing test that takes into account both the proportionality rule...more

Metadata Plays Key Role in $10.8 Million Whistleblower Lawsuit Verdict: eDiscovery Case Law

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Earlier this month, federal jurors awarded nearly $8 million to the former general counsel of a company who says he was fired because he blew the whistle on his company’s potential violation of a foreign bribery law. That...more

BYOD – Another reasonable basis for discovery about discovery

I still remember typewriters. Heck, I still remember carbon paper, mimeographs and bag phones. Would a company, “back in the day”, have ever asked an employee, “hey, we need you to bring your own typewriter, desk,...more

[Webinar] Class Actions and Complex Litigation Webinar Series - Cutting Edge Strategies For E-Discovery In Class Actions, Jan....

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The employment law landscape continues to be dominated by Workplace Law class actions. Jackson Lewis attorneys are defending hundreds of class and collective actions all over the country. Tapping into that experience, this...more

Party’s Willful Destruction of Data Did Not “Optimize” the Case for Dismissal

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Ericksen v. Kaplan Higher Educ., LLC, No. RDB-14-3106, 2016 WL 695789 (D. Md. Feb. 22, 2016). Where a plaintiff “willfully [ran] a computer program that she knew, given her computer expertise, would destroy at least some...more

Is a Third Party Entitled to its E-Discovery and Attorney Costs for Responding to a Subpoena?

Although e-discovery has been part of complex commercial litigation for over a decade, there have been only a few federal appellate court rulings about e-discovery topics. On April 7, 2016, in In re Am. Nurses Ass’n, the...more

E-Discovery Update: Working 9 to 5 and Proving It

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Class action lawsuits under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) involve unique discovery issues. Plaintiffs in these suits often propound burdensome discovery requests seeking login and logoff records from numerous...more

Further Assistance to Help Rein In Employee Lawsuits: Key Amendments to Court Rules on Discovery in Litigation

On December 1, 2015, several amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure took effect. While some changes are rather minor, others are expected to have a significant impact on litigation in federal court. Lawyers have...more

Best Practices: Keeping Corporate Communications Professional And Out Of The Courtroom

by McManis Faulkner on

Corporate communications occur primarily electronically. It is important for companies to ensure these communications stay where they belong — within the company, not broadcast in a courtroom where a judge or jury can inject...more

Data Subject Access Requests

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A number of individuals made a data subject access request (DSAR) to a law firm for disclosure of all data held about them. It was accepted that the DSAR was made in the context of litigation, with a view to obtaining early...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Deflategate and Litigation - Lessons for Businesses"

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Whether or not you’re a New England Patriots fan, the news about “Deflategate” seemed to be everywhere, along with opinions regarding the severity (or lack thereof) of the punishment. ...more

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