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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

2017 eDiscovery Case Law Year in Review, Part 3

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...Just because you don’t physically have your hands on the data doesn’t mean you’re not responsible for it. Here are three cases related to rulings regarding possession, custody and control of ESI, including one that relates...more

Text Messages: Preservation Lessons for Mobile E-Discovery

There was a time when the only data you needed to collect in response to a discovery request was corporate email. Even if you received or sent work emails from your phone, this data would be located on a corporate server and...more

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

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

Hospital Answer Stricken for Destroying Paper Medical Record after Scanning into the EMR

On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, the Arkansas Court of Appeals handed down an opinion affirming a severe sanction against a hospital in a medical malpractice case. The trial court had stricken the hospital’s answer, where...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

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

Negligence in Preserving ESI Warrants Monetary Sanctions

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N.M. Oncology & Hematology Consultants v. Presbyterian Healthcare Servs., No. 1:12-cv-00526 (D.N.M. Aug. 16, 2017). Because the defendant was merely negligent in producing discoverable information, the magistrate judge...more

eDiscovery Includes Electronic Vehicle Data and Possible Sanctions for Spoliation

Discovery of relevant material extends far beyond documents created on personal computers. Discoverable data exists in many forms, including electronic data found in vehicles such as tractors used for tractor-trailers. This...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

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

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

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

Key Considerations for Adopting Ephemeral Communications Tools

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The combination of emerging technologies, information security risks and electronic discovery obligations continues to give rise to questions regarding best practices for adoption of modern ephemeral communication tools in...more

Fundamentals of Document and ESI Discovery

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Preserving Evidence: •“The duty to preserve evidence begins when litigation is ‘pending or reasonably foreseeable.’” Micron Tech., Inc. v. Rambus, Inc., 645 F.3d 1311, 1320 (Fed. Cir. 2011) •“It is, of course, not...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

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

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 Grants Summary Judgment After Plaintiff’s Spoliation Motion Denied: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Taylor v. Thrifty Payless, Inc., d/b/a Rite-Aid, No. 16-00474 (D. Oregon, May 12, 2017), Oregon District Judge Marco A. Hernandez granted the defendant’s motion for summary judgment after denying the plaintiff’s request...more

Court Orders Specific Discovery After Complete ‘Breakdown’ Between Parties

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In Bird v. Wells Fargo, the Court Orders Specific Discovery After Process Breaks Down - Bird v. Wells Fargo Bank, No. 16-1130 (E.D. Cal. Mar. 31, 2017). In this case, the discovery process broke down so completely...more

California Ordered to Immediately Pay Attorneys’ Fees in ‘Targate’ Case

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United States v. HVI Cat Canyon, Inc., No. 2:11-cv-05097-FMO (PLAx) (C.D. Cal. Apr. 20, 2017). In this case, a plaintiff’s failure to properly issue and confirm legal holds led to the spoliation of evidence and...more

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