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The Class Action Chronicle - Winter 2017

In this issue, we cover two decisions granting motions to strike/dismiss class claims, three decisions denying such motions, 26 decisions denying class certification or reversing grants of class certification, 22 decisions...more

300 GB Email Search Rejected in E-Discovery Case

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Rembrandt Diagnostics, LP v. Innovacon, Inc., No. 3:16-cv-0698 CAB (NLS), 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 164015 (S.D. Cal. Oct. 3, 2017). In this patent case, the court denied the plaintiff’s motion to compel in full. The court...more

CEO’s Documents Found Proportional to Multimillion-Dollar Complaint

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Oxbow Carbon & Minerals LLC v. Union Pac. R.R., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 146211 (D.D.C. Sept. 11, 2017). In this multimillion-dollar antitrust claim, the defendants moved to compel the plaintiffs to include their CEO as a...more

Court Rejects Discovery Burden to Allow Additional Custodians Search

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Mann v. City of Chicago, Nos. 15 CV 9197, 13 CV 4531, 2017 WL 3970592 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 8, 2017). In this consolidated wrongful detention case, the court granted the plaintiffs’ motion to compel in part, ordering the...more

7th Circuit Affirms Plaintiff’s Own Estimates of Class Size Can Satisfy CAFA

In Roppo v. Travelers Commercial Insurance Company, the Seventh Circuit held that even after a motion to remand CAFA removal jurisdiction can be sufficiently established by a defendant’s “good faith estimates” of the amount...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

Defendant’s Request for Social Media Data is Reasonably Calculated to Be Overbroad: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Ehrenberg v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., No. 16-17269 (E.D. La. Aug. 18, 2017), Louisiana Magistrate Judge Janis van Meerveld, rejecting the defendant’s request for the plaintiff’s social media data as “reasonably...more

In E-Discovery, Writing a Program to Analyze Data Isn’t the Same as Producing New Data

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Meredith v. United Collection Bureau, Inc., No. 1:16 CV 1102, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 56783 (N.D. Ohio Apr. 13, 2017). In this proposed class action, the court granted the plaintiff’s motion to compel the production of data...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

Defendant Loses Cost-Shifting Motion in Discrimination Lawsuit

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Court Denied Defendant Cost-Shifting in Discrimination Lawsuit - Hawa v. Coatesville Area Sch. Dist., No. 15-4828, 2017 WL 1021026 (E.D. Pa. Mar. 16, 2017). In this employment discrimination lawsuit, the court denied...more

Texas Supreme Court Says ‘Proportionality Is the Polestar’ in E-Discovery

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In re State Farm Lloyds, No. 15-0903, 2017 BL 177212 (Tex. May 26, 2017). In this discovery dispute, the Texas Supreme Court “elucidate[d] the guiding principles” that govern discovery by concluding that its state rules...more

This New Pilot Program Can Speed Up Discovery, Especially in Arizona and Illinois: eDiscovery Best Practices

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At its meeting in September of 2016, the Judicial Conference of the United States approved a pilot program to test procedures requiring mandatory initial discovery before the commencement of party-directed discovery in civil...more

E-Discovery Production — Snow storms are avoidable

Who is to blame for a “document dump” – a “snow storm” – an obfuscation of information? Sometimes its intentional and sometimes it is not. Everyone – both plaintiff and defendant; both teams of lawyers. Requesters are...more

“You Can’t Beat Something with Nothing”: 7th Cir. Explains the Importance of Disclosing Experts

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Some cases present issues that are difficult for the parties to litigate or for the courts to decide. But those cases tend to be the exception. Much of litigation—at least when practiced successfully—requires the mastery of a...more

Court Awards Plaintiff Costs and Fees in Class-Action Against Angie’s List

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In Williams v. Angie’s List, Inc., No. 1:16-cv-00878-WTL-MJD (S.D. Ind. Apr. 10, 2017), the court finds that information ‘possessed’ by a party is subject to e-discovery. In this class-action employment case, the court...more

Not a Trade Secret

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In U.S. v Jennifer Salgado & Jenny’s Tax Service, (No. 1:16-CV-03186-SMJ, Mar. 24, 2017) the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington (the “Court”) held that a taxpayer’s client list and client identifying...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

White House Allegedly Purges Electronic Devices after Order to Preserve Data: An E-Discovery Teachable Moment

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According to an article published in the Independent, allegations have arisen surrounding “White House officials and members of Donald Trump’s transition team…reportedly ‘purging’ their electronic devices to avoid being...more

All Things “Considered”: Plaintiffs’ Experts Ordered To Produce Patient Records

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“The facts and data considered by the witness . . . .” That is what expert witnesses must disclose to the other side after forming their opinions, although the rule was not always this way. Before 2010, you had to disclose...more

Defendant Wipes Out After Getting Caught in the Riptide and Is Sanctioned for Ill-Conceived Motion to Compel in Surf Tech...

This case presents an example of a district court’s use of the “proportionality” requirement of Rule 26 to limit overbroad discovery. On March 9, 2017, Magistrate Judge Barbara L. Major of the District Court for the Southern...more

Seventh Circuit Explains Disclosure of Hybrid Witnesses under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(2)(C)

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The Seventh Circuit’s recent decision in Indianapolis Airport Authority v. Travelers Property Casualty Co. of America, No. 16-2675 (7th Cir. Feb. 17, 2017), written by Judge David Hamilton, is one for civil litigators to take...more

New TTAB Rules of Practice

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On Jan. 14, 2017, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) Rules of Practice were amended in what the United States Patent and Trademark Office described as an effort “to benefit the public by providing for more efficiency...more

Seyfarth Shaw Submits Comments And Testimony On The Proposed Amendments To Rule 23

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Seyfarth Synopsis: Seyfarth Shaw submitted comments and oral testimony to the Federal Advisory Committee on Civil Rules regarding needed reform and guidance to Rule 23, the rule that governs class action litigation in federal...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

The Western District Declines to Compel Additional Discovery

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Armstrong Pump, Inc. v. Hartman, No. 10-CV-446S, 2016 WL 7208753 (W.D.N.Y. Dec. 13, 2016) - In this case, pending before the Court was a motion by Armstrong Pump Inc. (“Armstrong”) to compel formal production of certain...more

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