Electronic Discovery Law

Legal issues, news and best practices relating to the discovery of electronically stored information.

 

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Advisory Committee Recommends New Rules for Electronic Discovery
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Glasser LegalWorks 8th Annual Electronic Discovery & Records Retention Conference
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Defense Research Institute’s E-Discovery Committee
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In Spitzer’s office, hours of drudgery, moments of ‘gotcha!’
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California Civil Discovery Law
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The Legal & Strategic Guide to E-Discovery
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E-mails star in another Spitzer probe
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The Sedona Conference: 3rd Annual Best Practices for Electronic Document Retention Working Group Meeting
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Are Instant Messages Discoverable?
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Seattle Sleuth

Advisory Committee Recommends New Rules for Electronic Discovery

In April 2004, the U.S. Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules submitted to the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure several proposed amendments to the Federal Civil Rules specifically addressing the unique challenges of electronic discovery, recommending that the Standing Committee publish these proposals for comment in August 2004. The proposed rules mark the culmination of several years of work by the Advisory Committee and its Discovery Subcommittee examining the issue of whether and how the civil rules should be amended to specifically address electronic discovery issues.

Glasser LegalWorks 8th Annual Electronic Discovery & Records Retention Conference

December 9-10, 2004
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Preston’s Martha Dawson will be participating as a panelist. The conference will focus on a number of key electronic discovery issues, including:

  • Spoliation
  • Disclosure and discovery of digital evidence
  • Finding and collecting electronic information
  • Effective records management
  • Selecting an e-discovery vendor
  • Updates on e-discovery law

For more information on the conference, click here.

In Spitzer’s office, hours of drudgery, moments of ‘gotcha!’

By KATE KELLY
The Wall Street Journal
October 27, 2004, 10:09 AM EDT

One of New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer’s investigators was perusing a stack of subpoenaed documents in a Manhattan office last month when he let out a yelp, slammed down his coffee and sprinted down the corridor.

The find, people in the office recall: a Marsh & McLennan Cos. employee’s e-mail soliciting a fake bid from an insurance company to help Marsh steer business to a favored provider.

The sleuth: Craig Winters, a 27-year-old intern. Read More

California Civil Discovery Law

Commissioner Richard E. Best, retired from the San Francisco Superior Court in 2003 after 29 years of service, and continues to promote the use of technology in discovery, as well as serve as a private discovery referee. His website, California Civil Discovery Law, is a repository of continuing education materials, discovery resources, case law and e-discovery updates.

The Legal & Strategic Guide to E-Discovery

Best Practices for Corporate Counsel
Park Central Hotel, New York City
November 10-12, 2004

Key themes: Minimizing costs associated with e-discovery, best practices for managing and preserving electronic information, developing effective litigation response strategies, tips and traps for records management and litigation strategy. Presented by Marcus Evans.

E-mails star in another Spitzer probe

Oct. 14, 2004
By Greg Morcroft
CBS.MarketWatch.com

NEW YORK (CBS.MW) — Eliot Spitzer clearly doesn’t follow the edict of Henry Stimson, a 20th century U.S diplomat, who once famously stated, “Gentlemen don’t read other people’s mail.”

Spitzer, New York’s current attorney general and the bane of corporate wrongdoers, launched his latest salvo Thursday at several of the nation’s largest insurance companies, using internal e-mails from several of the companies to buttress his case. Read More

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