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If Evidence In Its Original Form Is No Longer Available – But A Copy Of That Evidence Is – Are Spoliation Sanctions Appropriate?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In Barcroft Media, Ltd. et al. v. Coed Media Grp., LLC, No. 16-CV-7634 (JMF) (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 28, 2017), Plaintiffs – providers of entertainment-related photojournalism and owners of celebrity photographs – interposed various...more

Plaintiffs Deserve ‘Fair’ Access to Defendant's ESI

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Pertile v. Gen. Motors, LLC, No. 15-cv-0518-WJM-NYW, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 141088 (D. Colo. Aug. 31, 2017). In this negligence case, the district court upheld the magistrate’s order requiring that the defendant provide...more

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

by Fisher Phillips on

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

Georgetown E-Discovery Conference Recap: A “Must Attend” E-Discovery Educational Event

by Exterro, Inc. on

Are you looking to be educated by the best and brightest in e-discovery? Are you tired of conference sessions masked as educational but end up being vendor pitches in disguise? Do you want to learn beyond the theoretical? Are...more

Court Says Spoliation Motion ‘Borders on Frivolous’

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Barcroft Media, Ltd. v. Coed Media Grp., LLC, No. 16-CV-7634 (JMF), 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 164162 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 28, 2017). The court denied the plaintiff’s motion for spoliation sanctions where the evidence in question...more

Florida Has a New eDiscovery Checklist: eDiscovery Best Practices

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One of the best things about speaking at The Master’s Conference is that you get to see other great sessions and presentations as well. During the Orlando event earlier this week, one of the sessions was presented by Ralph...more

‘Lackadaisical’ Preservation Spurs Monetary Sanctions

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Hefter Impact Techs., LLC v. Sport Maska, Inc., No. 15-13290-FDS (D. Mass. Aug. 3, 2017). In this contract dispute, the court partially granted the plaintiff’s motion for sanctions, ordering the defendant to pay the costs...more

Where Do You Start? Perhaps by Seeing What Other People Think: eDiscovery Best Practices

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Earlier this week, Rob Robinson asked the question “Where Do I Start?” on his excellent Complex Discovery blog when discussing the most significant challenges for those seeking and sourcing eDiscovery software and...more

Golf, the Commercial Division, and Expert Disclosure: No Sandbaggers Allowed!

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Several weeks ago, we reviewed some of the newer Commercial Division Rules and reported on a couple recent decisions from Justice Shirley Werner Korneich of the Manhattan Commercial Division applying one of those Rules, Rule...more

Practical Reminder: Personal Email Is Discoverable

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

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

Does this Ring a Bell? Court Orders Plaintiff’s Quick Peek Over Defendant’s Objections: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Fairholme Funds, Inc. v. United States, No. 13-456C, (Fed. Cl. Oct. 23, 2017), Judge Margaret M. Sweeney, despite the defendant’s strong objection, granted the plaintiffs’ motion to compel a “quick peek” production of...more

New E-Discovery Guidance for Companies and Litigators

by Payne & Fears on

Every company that uses email or stores files electronically (i.e. every company) finding itself in litigation must comply with increasingly onerous discovery obligations. While electronic storage and transmission of data...more

Court Chastises Parties for Turning Case into a “Discovery Slugfest”: eDiscovery Case Law

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In UnitedHealthcare of Fla., Inc. et al. v. Am. Renal Assoc., Inc. et al., No. 16-cv-81180-Marra/Matthewman (S.D. Fla. Oct. 20, 2017), Florida Magistrate Judge William Matthewman granted in part and denied in part 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

Plaintiff’s Data Loss ‘Not Innocent’ in Taylor Swift Case

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Mueller v. Swift, No. 15-cv-1974-WJM-KLM, 2017 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 112276 (D. Colo. July 19, 2017). In this tort action and its famous countersuit, the court granted the defendant partial, rather than severe, sanctions...more

Is the eDiscovery Market Growing or Shrinking? Or Maybe SHIFTING?: eDiscovery Trends

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If you look at the number of eDiscovery companies that have been merged or acquired over the past couple of years, you might think that the market is shrinking. On the other hand, if you look at the number of venture capital...more

New Findings: In-House Legal Teams are Focusing on “Control” to Meet Evolving E-Discovery Requirements

by Exterro, Inc. on

According to EDRM Duke Law, Exterro and BDO Consulting’s new 2017 In-House Benchmarking Report, in-house legal departments have continued to move more outsourced legal services in-house in hopes of gaining the kind of control...more

After Objection, No Waiver of Privilege for Putting Information on File Share Site without Protection: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Harleysville Insurance Co. v. Holding Funeral Home, Inc., No. 1:15cv00057 (W.D. Va. Oct. 2, 2017), Virginia District Judge James P. Jones sustained the plaintiff’s objections to the Magistrate Court ruling that the...more

IT Will Scare You – eDiscovery Horrors!

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Today is Halloween! Hard to believe, but for eight years now, we have identified stories to try to “scare” you with tales of eDiscovery and cybersecurity horrors because we are, after all, an eDiscovery blog. Let’s see how we...more

[Webinar]: On Premise or Off Premise? A Look At Security Approaches to eDiscovery - November 15th, 12:00pm CT

by CloudNine on

Many say that the cloud is revolutionizing eDiscovery as we know it, while others still prefer the control of the on-premise eDiscovery solutions they’re used to using. So, what factors should you consider when selecting your...more

Why E-Discovery Still Hasn’t Changed that Much in 5 years

by Exterro, Inc. on

The continued explosion of data! Additional, new and scary data types! New FRCP e-discovery amendments! You would think with all these new revelations e-discovery would have changed a lot in the past 5 years, right?...more

Houston, We Have a Problem – Court Specifies Jury Instructions to Address Spoliation Findings: eDiscovery Case Law

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In GN Netcom, Inc. v. Plantronics, Inc., No. 12-1318-LPS (D. Delaware, Oct. 5, 2017), Delaware District Judge Leonard P. Stark chose to determine the preliminary and final jury instructions he would give with respect to the...more

Court Calls Cost Shift for Review of Withheld Documents Disproportional

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Nachurs Alpine Sols. Corp. v. Banks, No. 15-CV-4015-LTS, 2017 WL 2918979 (N.D. Iowa July 7, 2017). In this trade secret theft case, the court granted the plaintiff’s request to review documents that the defendants had...more

The E-Discovery Digest - October 2017

The eighth 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....more

Litigation Hold Notices Should Not Cloak The Recipient With Discretion Over What Documents To Preserve

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In past blogs, I have discussed the importance of issuing a litigation hold notice (“Hold”), as soon as a litigation is reasonably anticipated. I have also written about various best practices when drafting one’s Hold. [See...more

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