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‘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

Diagrams Not Considered Source Code Under Modified Protective Order

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In a recent Order, ALJ McNamara clarified that while diagrams drawn by an expert depicting the interplay and hierarchy of relevant code modules, inputs, and outputs of source code are to be treated as confidential business...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

Peer Review Not Protected: U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Disturb Florida Decision Limiting the Patient Safety and Quality...

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A multi-year discovery dispute regarding the adverse medical incident reports of a Jacksonville, Florida hospital concluded on October 2, 2017 when the United States Supreme Court denied a petition for a writ of certiorari in...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

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

Court Denies Default Judgment Sanctions for Defendant’s Production of Two Versions of Same Email: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Catrinar v. Wynnestone Communities Corp., et al., No. 14-11872 (E.D. Mich. Sept. 30, 2017), Michigan Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen denied the plaintiff’s Motion for Discovery Sanctions (requesting a default judgment)...more

Court Responds to ‘Fishing Expedition’ by Strictly Limiting Discovery

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Tingle v. Hebert, No. 15-626-JWD-EWD, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88936 (M.D. La. June 8, 2017). In this wrongful termination case, the court partially granted the defendant’s motion to compel the production of the plaintiff’s...more

Discovery Referees in Complex Litigation

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It’s no secret that over the past several years the California judiciary has suffered deep budget cuts, especially to the state’s civil courts. According to California’s Judicial Council, there are 189 fewer judges than...more

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

Federal Rule 34 Primer — A shepherd’s guide to “herding cats”

Herding Warrior Cats - Federal Rules were last updated in 2016 and the changes were thought to be significant. Welcomed by some and scorned by others, those changes are still being evaluated and applied by judges across...more

Court Denies Motions to Compel Against Various Defendants, For Various Reasons: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Blosser v. Ashcroft, Inc., et al., No. C17-5243 BHS (W.D. Wash. Sep. 19, 2017), Washington District Judge Benjamin H. Settle settled this dispute for now between the plaintiffs and three defendants over discovery disputes...more

Subpoenas on Customers Blocked in MRI Patent Case

In a recent multi-district case involving patent infringement allegations relating to MRI imaging, Judge Stearns granted motions for protective orders directed to untimely-served subpoenas on third party customers. The case...more

District Court Decides Flurry Of Discovery Motions In Dispute Between Reinsurer And Insurer Over Underlying Asbestos Claims

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The Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently ruled on several discovery motions in a reinsurance dispute between R&Q Reinsurance Company (“R&Q”) and St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company (“St. Paul”) over underlying...more

Court Opts for Lesser Sanction for Failure to Preserve Electronic Vehicle Data: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Barry v. Big M Transportation, Inc., et al., No. 1:16-cv-00167-JEO (N.D. Ala. Sep. 11, 2017), Alabama Chief Magistrate Judge John E. Ott denied the plaintiffs’ request for default judgment sanctions for failing to preserve...more

Despite Clawback, Defendant’s Reckless Abandon of Rule 502 Bites Back

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Irth Sols., LLC v. Windstream Commc’ns LLC, No. 2:16-CV-219, 2017 WL 3276021 (S.D. Ohio Aug. 2, 2017). The court denied the defendant’s request to return privileged documents that it claimed it had mistakenly produced on...more

Oops I Did It Again -- Court Rules That Two Separate Productions Of The Same Privileged Materials Was Completely Reckless

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Despite the existence of a stipulated clawback agreement (that was never presented to the Court to be So Ordered) that provided “[i]nadvertent production of privileged documents does not operate as a waiver of that...more

Court Adds Some of the Custodians Requested by Plaintiffs to Discovery, But Not All: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Mann, et al. v. City of Chicago, et al, Nos. 15 CV 9197, 13 CV 4531 (N.D. Ill. Sep. 8, 2017), Illinois Magistrate Judge Mary M. Rowland granted in part and denied in part the plaintiffs’ Motion to Compel the defendant to...more

Intentional Data Destruction Gets Default Judgment in OmniGen Research v. Wang

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OmniGen Research v. Wang, No. 6:16-cv-00268-MC, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 78107 (D. Or. May 23, 2017). Relying on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and its inherent authority, a court recently imposed the extraordinary remedy...more

“Primed” to Learn About Rule 34 of the FRCP? Here’s a New Primer from The Sedona Conference: eDiscovery Best Practices

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As Tom O’Connor and I discussed last week in our ACEDS webinar Key eDiscovery Case Law Review for First Half of 2017 (here’s a link if you missed it), we’re seeing lots of cases that relate to disputes associated with Rule 34...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

In Allied v. OSMI, the Circuit affirms dismissal of a declaratory judgment action even though Allied’s Mexican distributors had been sued in Mexico on a corresponding Mexican patent. In a first Waymo v. Uber case, the panel...more

Federal Circuit Review - August 2017

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District Court Abused Discretion in Ignoring Federal Circuit Mandate to Reconsider Attorneys’ Fees Under Octane Fitness - In Adjustacam, LLC v. Newegg, Inc., Appeal No. 2016-1882, the Federal Circuit held that a district...more

California Employment Law Notes - September 2017

Jobseeker Website May Be Compelled To Disclose Identity Of Anonymous Posters Who Criticized Employer - ZL Technologies, Inc. v. Does 1-7, 13 Cal. App. 5th 603 (2017) - ZL Technologies brought suit, alleging libel per se and...more

The Hub: Transportation News & Insights - September 2017

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Distracted Driving: Not the End of the Road - As a claims professional or attorney, never jump to conclusions when you learn about a distracted driver claim. As the facts surrounding the accident begin to develop,...more

California Supreme Court Confirms that PAGA Plaintiffs Are Entitled to Broad Discovery of Other Employees’ Contact Information

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California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) allows aggrieved employees to recover civil penalties on behalf of themselves, other employees, and the State of California for Labor Code violations. On July 13, 2017, the...more

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