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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

Is A $2.7 Million Dollar E-Discovery Sanction Appropriate In A Lawsuit Valued At $20,000? The Second Circuit Says, Yes.

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In 2012, Klipsch Group Inc. (“Klipsch”), a manufacturer of sound equipment, filed a complaint against ePRO E-Commerce Ltd. (“ePRO”), alleging an ePRO subsidiary was selling counterfeit headphones. Through discovery demands,...more

Finding Plaintiff Intentionally Spoliated Evidence, the Northern District of Indiana Imposes Sanctions

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On January 23, 2018, the Northern District of Indiana issued a decision that clarifies what constitutes spoliation of evidence under Indiana law. In Arcelormittal Ind. Harbor LLC v. Amex Nooter, LLC, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS...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

Data Lockdown: How In-Place Preservation is Changing the Preservation Game

To collect or not to collect. That is the question. In discovery, parties must be proportional with what they preserve and collect – avoiding over-collection of information that is not needed, but at the same time not...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

The Lynyrd Skynyrd Texting Case: Spoliation and Non-Party Texts

It was a tragedy. The 1977 plane crash that killed Ronnie Van Zant and Steven Gaines almost ended the band Lynyrd Skynyrd forever. In the wake of the crash, the survivors swore an oath never again to perform as “Lynyrd...more

Deceptive Discovery: Second Circuit Affirms Sanctions for Mishandling of Discoverable Data

Late last month, in Klipsch Grp., Inc. v. ePRO E-Commerce Ltd., the Second Circuit affirmed a $2.7 million sanctions award against defendant ePRO after repeated instances of discovery misconduct. Finding that the district...more

Punitive Damages Awarded in Malpractice Case of Destroyed Medical Record

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In Gomez v. Cabatic, 2018 N.Y. Slip Op. 00278, the Second Department upheld an award of punitive damages against a physician who was alleged to have destroyed portions of a medical record. The Gomez case involved a claim...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

A Theoretical Safety on the Trigger of the Duty to Defend

The Eleventh Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals recently decided Selective Insurance Company of the Southeast v. William P. White Racing Stables, Inc., et al., 2017 WL 6368843 (December 13, 2017), a case addressing...more

Product Liability Update: January 2018

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First Circuit Holds Foreseeability of Health Risk Is Standard For Failure To Warn Even Though Claim Is For Property Remediation, And Bulk-Selling Chemical Manufacturer Had Post-Sale Duty To Warn Only Direct Customers Even If...more

Spoliation of Evidence in Florida, What does the Jury Really Know?

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Insurers pursuing subrogation claims in Florida often find that evidence necessary to establish their claim is in the possession of an adverse party. To discourage the destruction of evidence, Florida Rule of Civil Procedure...more

2017 eDiscovery Case Law Review

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Electronic discovery cases that made headlines in 2017 featured well-known names such as Taylor Swift and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and reached all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. As the year draws to a close, it’s a good time to...more

Violating a Retention Policy Is Not Necessarily Bad Faith Spoliation

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Eaton-Stephens v. Grapevine Colleyville Indep. Sch. Dist., No. 16-11611, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 22704 (5th Cir. Nov. 13, 2017). In this appeal of a workplace discrimination case, the court held that a school district’s...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

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

Putative Class Member’s Spoliation Of Evidence Disqualifies Him As A Class Representative

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A district court recently disqualified a plaintiff from acting as a class representative because his spoliation of evidence rendered him an atypical class member. The plaintiffs allege that casting sand used in creating Jeep...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

[Webinar] Murphy’s eDiscovery Law – How to Keep What Could Go Wrong From Going Wrong - December 1st, 12:00pm CT

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As data complexity, discovery costs, and regulatory challenges increase in volume and impact, the pulse rate of publicly highlighted eDiscovery mistakes continues to build. While these mistakes are unfortunate for those who...more

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

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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

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