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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

Federal Court Finds “Oral Downloads” to SEC Waived Attorney Work Product Protection

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U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman, in the Southern District of Florida, ruled last month that outside counsel’s “oral downloads” of internal investigation findings to the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

Incident Response – Privilege and Work Product Issues After In re Premera

by Locke Lord LLP on

Despite considerable incident response work after numerous alleged data breaches, very few opinions have addressed the application of attorney-client privilege and the work-product doctrine to the materials created by such...more

Courts Address Requests That They Review Withheld Documents In Camera

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Because attorney-client privilege protection depends mostly on content, courts frequently read withheld documents in camera. Work product protection depends mostly on context rather than content, but even with that...more

Clawback Agreement Doesn’t Save Documents Inadvertently Produced Twice from Privilege Waiver: eDiscovery Case Law

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...In Irth Solutions, LLC v. Windstream Communications LLC, No. 2:16-CV-219 (S.D. Ohio Aug. 2, 2017), Ohio Magistrate Judge Kimberly A. Jolson, rejecting the idea that a clawback agreement always protects against waiver of...more

Does the Work Product Doctrine Protect the Identity of Witnesses a Lawyer Chooses to Interview?

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Litigants obviously must identify all witnesses with potentially relevant knowledge about litigated issues. But can litigants claim work product protection for the identity of the subset of those witnesses that their lawyers...more

Court Disagrees with Plaintiff’s Contentions that Defendant’s TAR Process is Defective: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Winfield, et al. v. City of New York, No. 15-CV-05236 (LTS) (KHP) (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 27, 2017), New York Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker, after conducting an in camera review of the defendant’s TAR process and a sample...more

4 Things the Top E-Discovery Cases of 2017 Can Teach You

by Exterro, Inc. on

Two years on from the last round of FRCP amendments, the courts are still clarifying how these e-discovery rules will be interpreted. One lens through which we can better understand how the court is interpreting the...more

SEC Cooperation Leads to Waiver of Privilege

On December 5, 2017, a Florida federal magistrate judge ordered a law firm to turn over interview notes and memoranda from an internal investigation, finding that any applicable privilege had been waived when attorneys gave...more

S.D.N.Y. Magistrate Judge Francis Analyzes the Work Product Doctrine's "Motivational" Element

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Many lawyers mistakenly focus only on the first two of three work product elements: (1) whether their clients faced "litigation," which can also include adversarial arbitrations, government proceedings, etc.; and (2) whether...more

How Employers Can Become Experts at Data Breaches: Conducting a “privileged” investigation

by Bryan Cave on

A large portion of the data breaches that occur each year involve human resource related information. Bryan Cave has put together a multi-part series to help human resource managers understand, prepare for, and react to, a...more

Commercial Division Considers Default Clawback Provisions for Confidentiality Stipulations

The advent of large electronic productions has propelled a proposal to adopt new language in the standard confidentiality order used in the Commercial Division. This proposal is designed to protect parties against...more

An Inside Job: Highlights From November’s ACC Presentation

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

On November 8, 2017, Suzzanne W. Decker, a Principal in the Miles & Stockbridge Labor, Employment, Benefits & Immigration practice group, and Sandra McLelland, Managing Counsel at Under Armour, presented a webinar to members...more

Protecting the Privacy of Privileged Internal Investigations

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Internal investigations by outside counsel are an essential tool for corporations to ensure they are compliant with governing regulations and statutes, particularly when they are faced with allegations of potential...more

Florida Supreme Court Broadly Construes Constitutional Amendment and Facilitates Discovery of Peer Review Records

On October 26, 2017, in Edwards v. Thomas, et al. (SC15-1893), the Supreme Court of Florida reversed a decision of the Florida Second District Court of Appeal, holding that an external peer review report prepared in...more

Rule 30(b)(6) Involves Subtle Issues

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Under Fed. R. Civ. P. 30(b)(6), corporations must designate and educate one or more witnesses to answer deposition questions based on the corporation's collective knowledge. Such depositions raise obvious privilege issues,...more

Peer Review Not Protected: U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Disturb Florida Decision Limiting the Patient Safety and Quality...

by Baker Ober Health Law on

A multi-year discovery dispute regarding the adverse medical incident reports of a Jacksonville, Florida hospital concluded on October 2, 2017 when the United States Supreme Court denied a petition for a writ of certiorari in...more

A Question of Privilege: Court Wrestles With Attorney-Client and Work Product Issues in Data Breach Case

In a significant ruling addressing the scope of the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine in a data breach case, a Federal judge in Oregon ordered Premera Blue Cross, the Washington-based healthcare services...more

After Objection, No Waiver of Privilege for Putting Information on File Share Site without Protection: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Harleysville Insurance Co. v. Holding Funeral Home, Inc., No. 1:15cv00057 (W.D. Va. Oct. 2, 2017), Virginia District Judge James P. Jones sustained the plaintiff’s objections to the Magistrate Court ruling that the...more

Florida Supreme Court: Physicians' Peer Reviews Not Protected from Public Disclosure

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Florida Supreme Court has reversed a decision of the Florida Second District Court of Appeal and held that an analysis of a medical malpractice claim sent by an attorney to an external medical review company in...more

Florida Supreme Court Says External Peer Review Reports are Discoverable Under Amendment 7

by Carlton Fields on

On October 26, in Edwards v. Thomas, et al. (SC15-1893) the Florida Supreme Court held that external peer review reports are discoverable under Amendment 7. ...more

Courts Use Rule Language and Common Sense to Expand Work Product Protection: Part II

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Last week's Privilege Point explained that on its face the federal work product rule (and most states' parallel rules) provide heightened opinion work product protection to any client representative's opinions -- not just...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

Courts Use Rule Language and Common Sense to Expand Work Product Protection: Part I

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Unlike the common law-dominated attorney-client privilege which developed organically in each state, work product protection comes from court rules. One might think that this would simplify courts' application of that...more

Arizona Court of Appeals Confirms Attorney-Client Privilege Holder Must Affirmatively Inject Attorney-Client Communications Into...

by Jaburg Wilk on

The Holding - In Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc., v. The Honorable Christopher Whitten, 2017 WL 4296583 (Ariz. App. Sep. 28, 2017) (774 Ariz. Adv. Rep.4), the Arizona Court of Appeals just held that a legal malpractice...more

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