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Monthly Archives: February 2010

Court Sanctions Plaintiff for Accessing Password-Protected Documents and Other Violations, Reduces Sanction based on Behavior of Plaintiff’s Counsel and Defendant


Lawson v. Sun Microsystems, Inc., 2009 WL 5842136 (S.D. Ind. Oct. 16, 2009);  Lawson v. Sun Microsystems, Inc., 2010 WL 503054 (S.D. Ind. Feb. 8, 2010) Where plaintiff accessed privileged, password-protected documents in defendant’s production, “carelessly” produced poor and incomplete copies of relevant taped conversations, and intentionally lied regarding taped conversations in deposition, the magistrate… Continue Reading

Court Finds Non-Party’s Claims of Privilege Waived, Rejects Assertions of Undue Burden, Grants Defendant’s Motions to Compel


Seger v. Ernest-Spencer, Inc., 2010 WL 378113 (D. Neb. Jan. 26, 2010) In this personal injury case, the court found a non-party had waived its claims of privilege as to already-produced documents and granted defendant’s motion to compel their production upon finding that disclosure was “knowing and intentional” as evidenced by the non-party’s failure to… Continue Reading

Defendant “Fails to Show that it is Settled Law that the Party Requesting Discovery Must Bear the Cost of Production,” Court Denies Motion for A Protective Order


MBIA Ins. Corp. v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., 895 N.Y.S.2d 643 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2010) Upon defendant’s motion for a protective order to require plaintiff to bear the cost of defendant’s production of electronically stored information (“ESI”), the court declined to follow the purportedly “well settled rule” in New York that the party seeking discovery… Continue Reading

Ontario’s New Rules of Civil Procedure Address Electronic Discovery

Posted in NEWS & UPDATES

As of January 1, 2010, Ontario’s new Rules of Civil Procedure became effective, including significant changes to the rules of discovery.  Among the changes/additions is Rule 29.1.03(4) Principles re Electronic Discovery, which states that “In preparing the discovery plan,” as is required by Rule 29.1.03 (1), “the parties shall consult and have regard to the… Continue Reading

Court Compels Production of Foreign Data and Re-Production of “Already-Produced” Electronic Discovery in a Reasonably Usable Form


Accessdata Corp. v. ALSTE Tech. GMBH, 2010 WL 318477 (D. Utah Jan. 21, 2010) In this breach of contract case, the court granted plaintiff’s motion to compel and ordered defendant (a German company) to produce responsive third-party, personal data, despite objections that such production would violate German law.  The court also granted plaintiff’s motion to… Continue Reading