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If Evidence In Its Original Form Is No Longer Available – But A Copy Of That Evidence Is – Are Spoliation Sanctions Appropriate?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In Barcroft Media, Ltd. et al. v. Coed Media Grp., LLC, No. 16-CV-7634 (JMF) (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 28, 2017), Plaintiffs – providers of entertainment-related photojournalism and owners of celebrity photographs – interposed various...more

EU adopts sanctions against Venezuela

by White & Case LLP on

The EU has adopted a range of targeted sanctions against Venezuela, including an arms embargo and a ban on exports of equipment which could be used for internal repression and surveillance, as well as setting up a legal...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

Senate Tax Overhaul Bill Slaps Tax-Exempt Organizations

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In what can only be described as a brutal attack on the nonprofit sector, the Senate has proposed sweeping changes that would have dramatic adverse effects on all tax-exempt organizations. Whereas the latest version of the...more

Court Held That Statutory Probate Court Had Subject Matter Jurisdiction Over Trust Dispute

by Winstead PC on

In Barcroft v. Walton, a statutory probate court entered sanctions, struck a defendant’s pleadings, and entered a default judgment against a defendant in a trust case. No. 02-16-00110-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 8541 (Tex....more

Plaintiff’s Data Loss ‘Not Innocent’ in Taylor Swift Case

by Zapproved LLC on

Mueller v. Swift, No. 15-cv-1974-WJM-KLM, 2017 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 112276 (D. Colo. July 19, 2017). In this tort action and its famous countersuit, the court granted the defendant partial, rather than severe, sanctions...more

France Establishes Register of Beneficial Owners of Corporations and Other Entities

by Jones Day on

In an effort to prevent money laundering and fight the financing of terrorist activities, France has adopted requirements for the identification and registration of beneficial owners of corporations and other entities...more

Houston, We Have a Problem – Court Specifies Jury Instructions to Address Spoliation Findings: eDiscovery Case Law

by CloudNine on

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

Sanctions Award Strengthens Fight to Protect Confidential Company Records

On October 18, 2017, a federal district judge in Alaska ordered a former employee to pay nearly $170,000 of his ex-employer’s legal fees as sanction for removing nine attorney-client privileged documents prior to his...more

Fall 2017 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Update

by Burr & Forman on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) is a U.S. government agency created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The CFPB is the first federal agency tasked solely with the...more

The High Price of Frivolous Filings

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

If the facts recited by a federal court in its 148-page order are correct, two Florida plaintiffs’ law firms have given new meaning to the term frivolous filing. As a consequence of the filings, the court imposed sanctions of...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

The Perils of Compliance with the Russia Sanctions Program

by Michael Volkov on

The Ukraine-Russia Sanctions program is a complex set of executives orders, statutes and regulations defining prohibited business transactions with Russian entities and individuals. The sanctions program was instituted in...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

MoFocus: Our Insights into the Risk + Crisis Landscape - Vol.1 Issue. 2

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Arrest of a Chinese National on Hacking Charges Illustrates How U.S. Tactics Are Changing to Meet the New Cyber Threat - In August, Yu Pingan, a Chinese national, was arrested on charges that he conspired to acquire and...more

Negligence in Preserving ESI Warrants Monetary Sanctions

by Zapproved LLC on

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

2017 Supreme Court and Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit, With Some Significant Cases from 2016

Arbitration - Waymo v. Uber Technologies, 870 F.3d 1342 (Fed. Cir. 2017) - Waymo sued Uber and others for trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement. Uber contends that Waymo should be compelled to...more

D.C. Circuit Opinions Call into Question FINRA’s Ability to Impose “Capital Punishment” on the Securities Industry

by K&L Gates LLP on

The D.C. Circuit on October 13, 2017, issued an order remanding to the SEC a question involving an application of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Kokesh v. SEC: whether FINRA’s imposition of a lifetime bar on a...more

Google Requests Contempt Order For $10,000 Sanctions Per Day Against…Google: eDiscovery Case Law

by CloudNine on

Last month, we wrote that Google went 0 for 2 in August in its request for review of warrant cases related to the Stored Communications Act of 1986 (SCA) and the order to produce ESI stored internationally that is subject to...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

Windows 10 Fails to “Go Dutch” When it Comes to Protecting Privacy: Data Privacy Trends

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According to Silicon (Windows 10 Data Collection Branded A Breach Of Dutch Privacy Law, written by Roland Moore-Colyer), the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) has declared that Windows 10 breaches the data protection law...more

Court Compels Discovery, Awards Sanctions In Dispute Over Whether Reinsurance Arbitration Clause Applies

by Carlton Fields on

In 2011, Top’s Personnel entered into a reinsurance agreement with Applied Underwriters Captive Risk Assurance Company (“AUCRA”), and several years later executed a promissory note (“the Note”) in favor of a related entity,...more

Court Characterizes Plaintiff’s Request for Spoliation of Images Still Available as “Frivolous”: eDiscovery Case Law

by CloudNine on

In Barcroft Media, Ltd. et al. v. Coed Media Grp., LLC, No. 16-CV-7634 (JMF) (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 28, 2017), New York District Judge Jesse M. Furman denied the Plaintiffs’ motion for spoliation sanctions for failing to preserve...more

The UK Trust Register

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 26 June 2017, the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 (the Regulations) came into force, introducing new requirements for trustees. The Regulations...more

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