Surfcast v. Microsoft Corp., No. 2:12-cv-333-JAW, 2013 WL 4039413 (D. Me. Aug. 7, 2013)

Key Insight: Despite confidentiality order that inadvertent production would not result in waiver, court found privilege was waived as to email (originally produced in hard copy) that was privileged ?on its face? (it sought ?lagal? [sic] advice and had indications that there were additional recipients to the email not apparent on the hard copy version, one of which turned out to be an attorney) and which was utilized in a deposition for approximately 30 minutes without Plaintiff?s objection; court reasoned that the confidentiality order could not be ?reasonably? read to protect against waiver under ?any and all circumstances? and that instead it established only that ?mere inadvertent production, standing alone, does not constitute waiver.?

Nature of Case: Patent Infringement

Electronic Data Involved: Email (originally produce in hard copy but also available electronically)

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