As reported by the National Law Journal (subscription required), the Judicial Conference has approved proposed changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. No revisions to the proposals were reported. The proposals will now go before the United States Supreme Court for review and, if approved, will take effect on December 1, 2015, absent any… Continue Reading
By Victor Li This article was originally published in the ABA Journal, September, 2014. When Laura Zubulake first brought her employment discrimination lawsuit to attorney James Batson in 2001, neither of them thought the case would make history. Neither did U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, who presided over the case in the Southern District of… Continue Reading
Last week, the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (the “Standing Committee”) approved proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, including the “Duke Rules Package,” addressing Rules 1, 4, 16, 26, 30, 31, 33, and 34 and a rewritten version of Rule 37(e), addressing preservation. The proposed amendments were approved with only… Continue Reading
As previously discussed on this blog, proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were recently approved by the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules for submission to the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (the “Standing Committee”). At the time of approval, the Committee Note for Proposed Rule 37(e) remained “under construction.” The… Continue Reading
The State Bar of California Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct has issued Formal Opinion Interim No. 11-0004 (ESI and Discovery Requests) for public comment. By analyzing a hypothetical fact pattern, the interim opinion addresses the following question: “What are an attorney’s ethical duties in the handling of discovery of electronically stored information?” Public… Continue Reading
As was reported on this blog just last week, the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules met on April 10th and 11th to review proposed amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure, including recommended changes to those proposed amendments as published for public comment. On the first day of meetings, the Advisory Committee unanimously approved proposed… Continue Reading
Based on public comment, the Duke Conference and Discovery Subcommittees to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules have recommended changes to the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure as previously published.
Professor William H.J. Hubbard from the University of Chicago Law School recently concluded his Preservation Costs Survey and the results are now available. The survey “is the first, and to date only, systematic effort to measure the extent and costs of preservation activity across a broad sample of companies,” and collected data from 128 companies,… Continue Reading
The ABA Electronic Discovery (ESI) in Bankruptcy Working Group has published the final draft of its “Best Practices Report on Electronic Discovery (ESI) Issues in Bankruptcy Cases” which “provides the framework for consideration of ESI issues in bankruptcy cases.” According to Richard Wasserman, Chairman of the ABA Electronic Discovery in Bankruptcy Working Group, the Report… Continue Reading
As was previously reported on this blog, proposed amendments to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 1, 4, 6, 16, 26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 36, 37, 55, 84, and the Appendix of Forms were published for public comment on August 15, 2013. Since that time, nearly 700 written comments have been submitted for consideration by… Continue Reading
Managing Intellectual Property – IP Stars has recognized K&L Gates attorneys Martha Dawson, Susan Hollander, Susan Jackson, Pallavi Wahi, Christine Vito, and Rachal Winger in its inaugural edition of “Top 250 Women in IP 2013.” The nominees were chosen based upon the rankings of the 2013 edition of IP Stars, researched between June 2012 and… Continue Reading
On October 7, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States denied Plaintiffs’ Petition for Writ of Certiorari arising from Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck’s refusal to recuse himself in this case. As was previously reported on this blog, Plaintiffs sought an answer to the question: “Should a court of appeals review a judge’s denial of… Continue Reading
The judges of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan have announced the approval, “on a pilot period basis,” of a Model Order Relating to the Discovery of Electronically Stored Information and a Rule 26(f) meet and confer checklist. “It is within the judicial officer’s discretion whether these materials may be… Continue Reading
The Preliminary Draft of Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy and Civil Procedure is now published online for public comment. The proposed amendments to the civil rules would affect rules 1, 4, 6, 16, 26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 36, 37, 55, 84 and the Appendix of Forms. Many of the proposed amendments are quite significant, particularly with regard to discovery, and our readers are therefore encouraged to review them carefully and share their thoughts with the Advisory Committee.
Eleven people —lawyers and nonlawyers — who helped create the industry. Published by: The American Lawyer, July 29, 2013 Clearly it took a village to define and create today’s electronic discovery industry. Ever since the sector’s early days, marked by the litigation following the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, a series of lawyers, consultants, archivists,… Continue Reading
It was reported this week that the Plaintiffs in this case have filed a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari with the United States Supreme Court seeking an answer to the question: “Should a court of appeals review a judge’s denial of a motion to recuse de novo or for an abuse of discretion?” For… Continue Reading
The U.S. International Trade Commission has adopted “final rules related to its e-discovery practices.” “The new rules will be effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register and are applicable to investigations instituted 30 days after publication in the Federal Register”—a Federal Register notice was issued on May 15, 2013. The newly adopted rules… Continue Reading
In what is possibly the final chapter to last year’s Da Silva Moore predictive coding saga, the Second Circuit has denied Plaintiffs’ petition for a writ of mandamus compelling the recusal of Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck. For those unfamiliar with the issues in this case, copies of the underlying decisions from both Magistrate Judge Peck… Continue Reading
In January, The Sedona Conference® made available the "post-public comment" version of its Commentary on Proportionality in Electronic Discovery, first published in 2010. The publication is available for download, here.
On February 4, 2013, the Supreme Court of the State of Minnesota adopted amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure, including those affecting discovery. Of particular note were amendments to Rules 1 and 26. Specifically (and significantly), Rule 1 was amended to state that it is the responsibility of the parties and the court to… Continue Reading
On December 1, 2012, newly amended rules went into effect in the Western District of Washington, including rules addressing electronic discovery. Notably, the new rules now require that parties contemplating discovery of electronically stored information consider adopting the newly promulgated Model Agreement Regarding Discovery of Electronically Stored Information in Civil Litigation—a fairly comprehensive order addressing… Continue Reading
Effective January 1, 2013, the Delaware Court of Chancery has amended its rules “to account for modern discovery demands” and has “expanded its Guidelines for Practitioners,” originally released in January 2012. The Court’s press release summarizes the changes: The Court of Chancery will amend its Rules regarding discovery, effective January 1, 2013. Rules 26, 30,… Continue Reading
On November 28, 2012, the Supreme Court of Illinois entered an order adopting new Rule of Evidence 502 Attorney Client Privilege and Work Product; Limitations on Waiver and a second order amending Rule 201 General Discovery Provisions. The newly adopted rules address the inadvertent disclosure of privileged information and closely follow the Federal Rules addressing… Continue Reading
This month, the Sedona Conference® published a public comment version of its latest paper, The Sedona Conference® Primer on Social Media. The primer, a somewhat different publication than prior commentaries, is described in its Preface as follows: Unlike many of previous publications in this series, this is not entitled a “Commentary,” nor does it present… Continue Reading