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Court Denies Plaintiff Sanctions for Failure to Prove ESI Loss

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Youngevity Int’l Corp. v. Smith, No. 16-cv-704-BTM-JLB, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 200048 (S.D. Cal. Dec. 4, 2017). In this case alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of fiduciary duty, the plaintiff requested...more

‘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

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

ALJ Denies Sanctions for Being Unsupported by Discovery Misconduct

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In a recent order, Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) Shaw denied Complainants’ Paice LLC and the Abell Foundation, Inc. (“Paice”) motion for evidentiary sanctions against Respondent Ford Motor Company (“Ford”) for allegedly...more

No Sanctions for Failing to Preserve Cell Phone Records and Call Logs: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Dotson, et al. v. Edmonson, et. al., No. 16-15371 (E.D. La. Jan. 22, 2018), Louisiana District Judge Susie Morgan denied the plaintiff’s motion in limine seeking sanctions for spoliation of evidence, finding that the...more

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

No Sanctions for Spoliation of ESI Against Plaintiff Leads to Summary Judgment Against Defendant: eDiscovery Case Law

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...In IBM v. Naganayagam, No. 15 Civ. 7991 (NSR) (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 21, 2017), New York District Judge Nelson S. Romàn, finding that no intent to deprive by the plaintiff and no prejudice against the defendant for spoliation of...more

2017 eDiscovery Case Law Year in Review, Part 4

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...We grouped those cases into common subject themes and will review them over the next few posts. Perhaps you missed some of these? Now is your chance to catch up!...more

An End to Over-Preservation? An Expert Perspective on the FRCP

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This blog post is adapted from commentary on Rule 37 by William F. Hamilton, Legal Skills Professor and Executive Director, UF Law E-Discovery Project Fredric G. Levin College of Law, University of Florida, in FRCP &...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

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

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

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

How Much Circumstantial Evidence is Enough for Spoliation Sanctions?

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We’ve all heard, “It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.” But how you play the game is often a big part of ending up on the winning side in e-discovery. In today’s world, it has almost become normal that...more

Your Litigation Hold Must Be Generally Broad And Specifically Tailored

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In Eshelman v. Puma Biotechnology, Inc., No. 7:16-CV-18-D (E.D.N.C. June 7, 2017), Magistrate Judge Robert B. Jones, Jr., denied Plaintiff Eshelman’s motion seeking a jury instruction in response to Puma Biotechnology Inc.’s...more

Failure to Prove ‘Intent to Deprive’ Web Browser History Robs Plaintiff of Sanctions

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Eshelman v. Puma Biotech., Inc., No. 7:16-CV-18-D, 2017 WL 2483800 (E.D.N.C. June 7, 2017). In this defamation case, the court denied a jury instruction for spoliation where the plaintiff failed to prove that the defendant...more

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

Court Says Rule 37(e) Doesn’t Apply When Recording Was Intentionally Deleted: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Hsueh v. N.Y. State Dep’t of Fin. Services, No. 15 Civ. 3401 (PAC) (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2017), New York District Judge Paul A. Crotty relied upon inherent authority to impose sanctions and determined “that an adverse...more

Sedona Conference Commentary on Proportionality, Third Edition: eDiscovery Trends

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Within the first two months of this blog, way back in 2010, we posted a blog post about the original Commentary on Proportionality in Electronic Discovery from The Sedona Conference® (TSC), which is a project of The Sedona...more

Court’s Inherent Sanction Powers – Not Rule 37(e) – Govern when Relevant Information (ESI included) is Intentionally Deleted

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In Hsueh v. N.Y. State Dep’t of Fin. Servs., (No. 15 Civ. 3401 [PAC], 2017 WL 1194706 [S.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2017]) the Southern District imposed spoliation sanctions (specifically, an adverse inference) on the plaintiff in a...more

Sanctions Granted against Defendant for Loss of ESI on Laptop and Hard Drive, Denied for iPhone: eDiscovery Case Law

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In TLS Management and Marketing Services, LLC v. Rodriguez-Toledo, et. al., No. 15-2121 (D. P.R., Mar. 27, 2017), Puerto Rico Magistrate Judge Bruce J. McGiverin partially granted and partially denied the plaintiff’s motion...more

The Sedona Conference Issues Helpful and Important Commentary on the Proportionality Concept Applicable to Electronic Discovery

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Action Item: The following set of six principles proposed by the Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production should serve as practical guidance for litigants adhering to the proportionality...more

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

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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

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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

ESI Discovery Best Practices, Part 7 – New FRCP One Year In – ESI Game Changer or Business As Usual?

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I was recently reminded that it has been over a year since my last ESI-related blog. My excuse is that I wanted to allow the new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure addressing ESI to percolate before writing on the...more

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