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In No Small Ruling, Court Takes Defendant to Task for Discovery Violations: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Small v. Univ. Med. Ctr., No. 2:13-cv-0298-APG-PAL (D. Nev. Aug. 9, 2018), Nevada Magistrate Judge Peggy A. Leen, in a lengthy ruling so large it included a table of contents, accepted and adopted in part and overruled in...more

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Houston, We Have an Adverse Inference Finding: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Hernandez, et al. v. City of Houston, No. 4:16-CV-3577 (S.D. Tex. Aug. 30, 2018), Texas District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt, finding that the defendant “intentionally destroyed” evidence by wiping the hard drives of several...more

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‘Halfhearted attempts’ at preservation don’t prove intentional spoliation

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EPAC Techs., Inc. v. HarperCollins Christian Publ’g, Inc., No. 3:12-cv-00463, 2018 WL 1542040 (M.D. Tenn. Mar. 29, 2018). This contract dispute has been bogged down in a “quagmire of adversarialism” since 2012. In this...more

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Magistrate rejects claims of “innocent” mistakes to find intentional spoliation

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BankDirect Capital Fin., LLC v. Capital Premium Fin., Inc., No. 15 C 10340, 2018 WL 1616725 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 4, 2018). In this breach of contract case, the defendant, Capital Premium Financing, Inc. (“CPFI”), moved for...more

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Only slight prejudice from willful spoliation without bad faith

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De Simone v. VSL Pharms., Inc., No. TDC-15-1356, 2018 BL 91133 (D. Md. Mar. 16, 2018). In this intellectual property dispute, the court imposed monetary sanctions for the plaintiff’s spoliation of company documents, but...more

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

The E-Discovery Digest - June 2018

The 10th 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

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What is spoliation?

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Understand the definition of spoliation under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure - With respect to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), spoliation is the loss or destruction of potentially relevant information...more

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ePRO Can’t Escape Huge Sanctions for Willful Spoliation

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Klipsch Grp., Inc. v. ePRO E-Commerce Ltd., Nos. 16-3637-cv, 16-3726-cv (2d Cir. Jan. 25, 2018). In this interlocutory appeal, the Second Circuit upheld the lower court’s imposition of a $2.7 million discovery sanction in...more

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‘Academy Award’-Worthy Denials Can’t Save Uber From Spoliation

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In this highly publicized case alleging that Uber misappropriated trade secrets, the court held that Uber spoliated electronically stored information (ESI) despite both reasonably and actually foreseeing litigation. The court...more

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

The E-Discovery Digest - March 2018

The ninth 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

Proskauer - Minding Your Business

The Lynyrd Skynyrd Texting Case: Spoliation and Non-Party Texts

It was a tragedy. The 1977 plane crash that killed Ronnie Van Zant and Steven Gaines almost ended the band Lynyrd Skynyrd forever. In the wake of the crash, the survivors swore an oath never again to perform as “Lynyrd...more

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Courts Are Closely Following Amended Rule 37(e)’s Limits on Sanctions for Lost Electronically Stored Information

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Within two years of its implementation, several cases show that amended Rule 37(e) is having its intended impact, as judges are carefully applying the criteria articulated in the Rule prior to ordering curative measures or...more

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2017 eDiscovery Case Law Review

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Electronic discovery cases that made headlines in 2017 featured well-known names such as Taylor Swift and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and reached all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. As the year draws to a close, it’s a good time to...more

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Violating a Retention Policy Is Not Necessarily Bad Faith Spoliation

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Eaton-Stephens v. Grapevine Colleyville Indep. Sch. Dist., No. 16-11611, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 22704 (5th Cir. Nov. 13, 2017). In this appeal of a workplace discrimination case, the court held that a school district’s...more

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Court Issues Adverse Inference Sanction for Failing to Preserve Non Party’s Text Messages: eDiscovery Case Law

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...In Ronnie Van Zant, Inc. v. Pyle, No. 17 Civ. 3360 (RWS) (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 28, 2017), New York District Judge Robert W. Sweet, among other rulings, issued an adverse inference sanction against one of the defendants for its...more

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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

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

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

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Potential Adverse Inference Instruction for Unintended ESI Spoliation May Suggest Limitations of Recently Amended Rule 37(e)

Much writing about electronic discovery consists of horror stories, often about harsh sanctions for unintended loss of electronically stored information (ESI). The Federal Rules were amended in late 2015 to address concerns...more

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Plaintiff Sanctioned for Preserving Only Scanned Copy of Journal and Destroying the Original: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Mitcham v. Americold Logistics, LLC, No. 17-cv-00808-WJM-NYW (D. Colo. Sept. 20, 2017), Colorado Magistrate Judge Nina Y. Wang granted (in part) the defendant’s motion for sanctions for the plaintiff’s delay in producing a...more

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In the SDNY, A Party Is Sanctioned For The Preservation Failures Of A Third-Party

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Ronnie Van Zant, Inc. v. Pyle, No. 17 Civ. 3360 (RWS), 2017 WL 3721777 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 28, 2017)- In this case, the Southern District of New York imposed an adverse inference against defendants for their failure to...more

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Court Grants Lesser Sanctions Against Defendant for Various Discovery Issues: eDiscovery Case Law

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In New Mexico Oncology v. Presbyterian Healthcare Servs. No. 1:12-cv-00526 MV/GBW (D.N.M. Aug. 16, 2017), New Mexico Magistrate Judge Gregory B. Wormuth, detailing numerous defendant discovery deficiencies alleged by the...more

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Plaintiff Sanctioned for Spoliation of Evidence in His Case Against Taylor Swift: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Mueller v. Swift, No. 15-cv-1974-WJM-KLM (D. Colo. July 19, 2017), Colorado District Judge William J. Martinez ruled that “Plaintiff’s loss or destruction of the complete recording of the June 3, 2013 conversation [between...more

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Magistrate Advises Serious Sanctions Against Trading School Owner Greg Gramalegui for Bad Faith Discovery Violations

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Magistrate Advises Sanctions Against Gramalegui for Discovery Violations - U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Comm’n v. Gramalegui, No. 15-cv-02313-REB-GPG (D. Colo. June 14, 2017). For over two years, the defendant,...more

Fox Rothschild LLP

Spolier Alert Part II: Federal Courts

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I previously blogged on the spoliation of evidence in Florida courts. In federal cases, federal law governs the imposition of sanctions for spoliation of evidence. Federal courts may consider state law in deciding whether...more

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

The E-Discovery Digest - June 2017

The seventh 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

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