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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

Practical Reminder: Personal Email Is Discoverable

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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

New E-Discovery Guidance for Companies and Litigators

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Court Holds That Self-Selection Of Emails By Employee Satisfies Discovery Obligations

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In Mirmina v. Genpact, LLC, Civil Action No. 3:16-CV-00614 (D. Conn. July 27, 2017), a federal court in an employment discrimination matter denied the plaintiff’s motion to compel discovery, finding that the defendant’s...more

Court Sanctions Counsel for Not Disclosing Deleted Client Emails

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People v. Miller, No. 16PDJ067, 2017 BL 208514 (Colo. June 1, 2017). In a brief order, the Colorado Supreme Court fined and publicly censured attorney Randall Miller for failing to promptly disclose false evidence. During...more

Court Shifts Costs of Forensic Computer Exam to Plaintiff for Not Preserving Emails

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Estate of Shaw v. Marcus, Nos. 14 Civ. 3849 (NSR) (JCM), 14 Civ. 5653 (NSR) (JCM), 2017 WL 825317 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 1, 2017). In this complex dispute over a family business, the court redressed the plaintiff’s former...more

Surreptitious Cyber-Conduct Results In New York County Decision Striking Defendant’s Answer

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In a decision dated May 26, 2017, Justice Chan of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County, struck the defendant’s answer. Although the Court acknowledged that the imposition of this particular sanction...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

In a Second Case, Judge Specifies Search Terms for Parties to Use: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Abbott v. Wyoming Cty. Sheriff’s Office, No. 15-CV-531W (W.D.N.Y. May 16, 2017), New York Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott granted the plaintiff’s motion to compel and defendant’s cross-motion in part, ordering the defendant...more

First Department Finds Work-Product Protection Not Waived by Storage of Documents on Company Laptop

On June 6, 2017, the First Department had an opportunity to apply—and reaffirm—last month’s decision in Peerenboom v. Marvel Entm’t, LLC, where the Court held that use of a company email system for personal purposes “does...more

Despite Parties’ “Significant Animosity”, Court Orders Them to Meet and Confer: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Elhannon LLC v. F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Co., No. 2:14-cv-262 (D. Vermont, Apr. 18, 2017), Vermont District Judge William K. Sessions, III granted in part and denied in part the plaintiff’s renewed motion to compel,...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

Client Sends Privileged Email From iPhone That Triggers Inadvertent Production Rule

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Eight years ago the Second District Court of Appeal issued a decision establishing an attorney’s ethical duties upon receipt in discovery from opposing counsel of an inadvertently produced, privileged communication. State...more

Lack of Cooperation Leads to Court to Order Scope of Discovery for Defendant: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Bird v. Wells Fargo Bank, No. 16-1130 (E.D. Cali., Mar. 31, 2017), after the parties could not agree on the parameters and scope of discovery, California Magistrate Judge Erica P. Grosjean ordered the defendant to produce...more

Brunswick Rail Wins Emergency Evidence Protection in Trade Secret Case Against Former Employees

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OOO Brunswick Rail Mgmt. v. Sultanov, No. 5:17-cv-00017-EJD, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2343 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 6, 2017). The court partially granted the plaintiff, OOO Brunswick Rail Mgmt., a motion for emergency evidence...more

E-Discovery Lessons from the State Investigation of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

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From the beginning, e-discovery has mainly been the realm of corporate legal teams leveraging their knowledge of the e-discovery process along with technology to reach a “just and speedy” resolution to the matter as laid out...more

Exploring the Limits of Compliance With a Data Subject Access Request

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Holyoake v Candy and another [2017] EWHC 52 (QB) saw the U.K. High Court look into the issue of compliance with a data subject access request (DSAR). The parties in this case were already involved in high-value court...more

S.D.N.Y. Litigators Hit Snooze Button, Magistrate Judge Peck Issues Second “Wake-Up Call” for “Every Litigator”

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Renowned (e)discovery guru (and I use that term advisedly) Andrew Peck, a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York, recently issued what he termed a “wake-up call” to the Bar in his District. It was...more

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