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Western District of Washington Amends Local Rules

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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

Delaware Court of Chancery Amends Rules, Discovery Guidelines

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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

New Illinois Rules Address Inadvertent Disclosure

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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

The Sedona Conference® Publishes Primer on Social Media (Public Comment Version)


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

New Jersey Addresses Discovery of ESI in Amendments to Rules Governing Criminal Practice and Rules Governing Practice in the Municipal Courts

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On December 4, 2012, the New Jersey Supreme Court adopted amendments to the New Jersey Rules Governing Criminal Practice and to the Rules Governing Practice in the Municipal Courts.  The amendments were initially recommended by the Supreme Court Special Committee on Discovery in Criminal and Quasi-Criminal Matters.  The amendments are effective on January 1, 2013…. Continue Reading

Northern District of California Adopts New E-Discovery Guidelines

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This week, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California announced "new Guidelines for counsel and litigants regarding the discovery of electronically stored information ("ESI")." According to the Court’s announcement: The Guidelines are designed to establish best practices for evidence preservation in the digital age and to ensure that local practices regarding the… Continue Reading

Cloud Considerations: E-Discovery

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By: Katie Taylor, K&L Gates SaaS, PaaS and data hosting providers stress the significant efficiencies to be gained from cloud computing when marketing their services.  Depending on the cloud computing system you are considering, however, a number of features may have a significant impact on your company’s ability to comply with electronic discovery obligations should it… Continue Reading

International Trade Commission Proposes to Amend Rules of Practice and Procedure

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As announced in today’s edition of the Federal Register, the International Trade Commission has proposed to amend its Rules of Practice and Procedure to address “concerns that have arisen about the scope of discovery in Commission proceedings under section 337 of the Tarrif Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1337) (“section 337”).”  “The intended effect of… Continue Reading

Federal Trade Commission Issues Final Changes to Agency Procedure

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Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it has issued “final changes to agency procedure that will streamline the FTC’s investigatory process, make updates to keep pace with electronic evidence discovery, and provide more detail on how the agency evaluates allegations of misconduct by attorneys practicing before the Commission.”  Among the changes highlighted in… Continue Reading

Facing Fines for Contempt, Twitter Produces Defendant’s Tweets

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People v. Harris, No. 2011NY080152 (N.Y. Crim. Ct. 2012) As was previously discussed on this blog (here, here, and here), Twitter, Inc. was recently ordered by New York Judge Matthew Sciarrino to produce both “content” and “non-content” information (including the text of Tweets) associated with the account of criminal defendant Malcolm Harris.  Mr. Harris and others… Continue Reading

“Take it e-sy”

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K&L Gates partner Julie Anne Halter was featured on a Q&A panel of litigators discussing e-disclosure as a transformative tool in litigation.  Panelists were asked: With technology changing constantly, how can lawyers best use e-disclosure to help their clients through the litigation process?  Four experts debate some of the hot topics in this area. Read… Continue Reading

Supreme Court of Florida Adopts Amendments to Civil Rules to Address e-Discovery

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On July 5, 2012, the Supreme Court of Florida adopted amendments to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure to address the discovery of electronically stored information.  The amendments will become effective September 1, 2012 at 12:02 a.m. The amendments will affect seven rules of civil procedure: “1.200 (Pretrial Procedure); 1.201 (Complex Litigation); 1.280 (General Provisions… Continue Reading

Da Silva Moore: Plaintiffs Object to Denial of Motion for Recusal or Disqualification

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On June 29, 2012, Plaintiffs filed their Rule 72(A) objection to Magistrate Judge Peck’s denial of their Motion for Recusal or Disqualification.  Plaintiffs’ brief is available below.  (Plaintiffs’ declaration in support of their brief is over 500 pages long and is available on PACER  at http://www.pacer.gov/.) Plaintiffs’ Rule 72(A) Objection to the Magistrate’s June 15, 2012… Continue Reading

Western District of Washington Publishes Proposed Amendments to Local Civil Rules, Seeks Comment

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The Western District of Washington has published on its website proposed amendments to the Local Civil Rules, including the addition of language that specifically addresses the discovery of electronically stored information.  The court has also published a proposed Model Protocol for Discovery of Electronically Stored Information in Civil Litigation, which was “developed in partnership with… Continue Reading

Early Case Assessment: A Litigation Arrow in an Arbitration Quiver

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 In the latest edition of K&L Gates’ Arbitration World Julie Anne Halter, a Partner in K&L Gates’ e-Discovery Analysis and Technology Group (e-DAT), and William Zoellner, an e-DAT Staff Lawyer, discuss the value of Early Case Assessment in arbitration. From the Editors Welcome to the 19th edition of Arbitration World, a publication from K&L Gates’ Arbitration… Continue Reading

Seventh Circuit Electronic Discovery Pilot Program Issues Final Report on Phase Two

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Phase Two of the Seventh Circuit’s Electronic Discovery Pilot Program ended in May and the Final Report on that phase has now been issued.  According to that report, much was accomplished during Phase Two, including the creation of several subcommittees such as the Criminal Discovery Subcommittee, dedicated to developing “resources to educate criminal practitioners about… Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Amends Rules to Incorporate Discovery of Electronically Stored Information

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Last week, Pennsylvania became the most recent state to amend its civil rules to address the discovery of electronically stored information.  Unlike many other states, however, Pennsylvania’s Civil Procedural Rules Committee has made clear in its explanatory comment that despite the adoption of the term “electronically stored information,” “there is no intent to incorporate federal… Continue Reading

Da Silva Moore: Plaintiffs File Objections to Discovery Rulings

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On May 21, Plaintiffs filed Rule 72(a) objections to Magistrate Judge Peck’s May 7, 2012 discovery rulings related to the relevance of certain documents that comprise the seed set of the parties’ ESI protocol.  Plaintiffs’ brief and supporting declaration are available below: Plaintiffs’ Rule 72(a) Objection to the Magistrate’s May 7, 2012 Discovery Ruling Declaration… Continue Reading