Archive: January 2020

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Nguyen v. Costco Wholesale Corp. (District of South Florida, 2020)
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Mannion, et al. v. Ameri-Can Freight Systems Incorporated, et al. (district of AZ, 2020)
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Rhino Metals, Inc. v. Sturdy Gun Safe, Inc. (District of Idaho, 2020)
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Slingerland v. Crisp Marketing, LLC (Southern District of Florida, 2020)
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KCI USA, Inc. v. Healthcare Essentials, Inc., 797 Fed.Appx. 1002 (6th Cir. Jan. 16, 2020).
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Hurry Family Revocable Trust, et al. v. Frankel (M.D. Fla. 2020)
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In re WTG Fuels, Inc. (Texas Court of Appeals, 2020)
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In re Mercedes-Benz Emissions Litig. (District of NJ, 2020)
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In re Mercedes-Benz Emissions Litigation (D. N.J. 2020)
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Dorfman v. Albertsons LLC (district of Idaho, 2020)

Mannion, et al. v. Ameri-Can Freight Systems Incorporated, et al. (district of AZ, 2020)

Key Insight: whether the issue of spoliation could be brought before the jury to decide if evidence was withheld and if that was justified

Nature of Case: personal injury, motor vehicle

Electronic Data Involved: Log books of defendant

Keywords: spoliation, jury instruction, question of law/fact

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Rhino Metals, Inc. v. Sturdy Gun Safe, Inc. (District of Idaho, 2020)

Key Insight: two reports for different suits, written by the same expert. defendants in those cases subpoenaed each other’s report to get it without confidentiality restrictions

Nature of Case: intellectual property infringement

Electronic Data Involved: expert report deemed confidential

Keywords: subpoena, expert report, confidential, privilege, protective order

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Slingerland v. Crisp Marketing, LLC (Southern District of Florida, 2020)

Key Insight: discovery requests overbroad

Nature of Case: telephone consumer protection act

Electronic Data Involved: general discovery

Keywords: scope of relevant discovery, class action

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KCI USA, Inc. v. Healthcare Essentials, Inc., 797 Fed.Appx. 1002 (6th Cir. Jan. 16, 2020).

Key Insight: Former attorneys sanctioned (firm and individually) for discovery failures during representation. Court determined they had been denied due process and sanctions should not have been imposed.

Nature of Case: Trade Practices, Unfair Competition, Tortious Interference

Electronic Data Involved: Various Items in Discovery

Keywords: discovery sanctions, individual attorneys, due process, notice

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Hurry Family Revocable Trust, et al. v. Frankel (M.D. Fla. 2020)

Key Insight: Plaintiffs filed a Motion to Compel Production of Documents and Request for Sanctions. The documents sought were specific emails. Opposing the Motion, Defendant argued that it was untimely as it was submitted four months after the discovery deadline, and that the emails sought were not responsive to Plaintiff’s earlier document (discovery) request. The Court denied Plaintiffs’ Motion.

Nature of Case: Intellectual Property, Trade Secrets

Electronic Data Involved: Email

Case Summary

In re WTG Fuels, Inc. (Texas Court of Appeals, 2020)

Key Insight: discovery that is not authorized by law cannot be “untaken”. order that compels discovery beyond that allowed by law is abuse of discretion

Nature of Case: personal injury, property liability

Electronic Data Involved: WTG net worth documentation

Keywords: net worth discovery, abuse of discretion, motion to compel

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In re Mercedes-Benz Emissions Litig. (District of NJ, 2020)

Key Insight: dispute over search terms meant to identify documents

Nature of Case: environmental litigation

Electronic Data Involved: all discovery, search term protocol

Keywords: search term protocol, predictive coding, technology assisted review,

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In re Mercedes-Benz Emissions Litigation (D. N.J. 2020)

Key Insight: Although TAR is widely recognized as “cheaper, more efficient, and superior to keyword searching,” the responding party may decide for themselves the best method for producing their ESI. The court will not compel the utilization of TAR but may revisit the issue if Plaintiff contends the actual production is deficient.

Nature of Case: Environmental, Class Action

Electronic Data Involved: Electronic Documents Generally

Case Summary

Dorfman v. Albertsons LLC (district of Idaho, 2020)

Key Insight: if a motion to deny a class certification can be granted before discovery

Nature of Case: telemarketing, telephone consumer protection act

Electronic Data Involved: discovery showing common questions for a class certification

Keywords: class certification, rule 23

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