Daniel Miller, a partner of the K&L Gates e-Discovery Analysis & Technology (“e-DAT”) Group and the firm’s Pittsburgh office, will attend this week’s EDRM Detroit Symposium 2023. Both Daniel and Krysta Slavik, an e-DAT Group Solutions Analyst based in Pittsburgh, are participating in committees for the “EDRM 2.0” initiative, which focuses on how e-discovery will evolve and adapt in light of advancements in artificial intelligence. The EDRM Detroit Symposium 2023 will feature meetings related to this new initiative, presentations about trends in electronic discovery, and a panel discussion on e-discovery missteps.Read More
Julie Anne Halter, a co-chair of the K&L Gates e-Discovery Analysis & Technology (“e-DAT”) Group and a partner in the firm’s Seattle office, was recently quoted in a Bloomberg Law article on the increasing focus of government investigators on videoconference recordings as evidence in their investigations. Many businesses quickly adopted the use (and recording) of videoconferences during the pandemic, and their retention practices concerning these recordings (often set by default) have resulted in some business maintaining large volumes of recorded videoconferences that are now subject to investigatory requests.Read More
Courts throughout the United States have different perspectives on the actions that constitute spoliation of evidence and the situations in which these actions should be sanctioned. Furthermore, as courts examine and re-examine these concepts over time, their perspectives shift. Therefore, attorneys, e-discovery practitioners, and parties in litigation must keep in mind the distinctions among different jurisdictions’ definitions of spoliation and their standards for when, and what types, of sanctions should be applied in light of such spoliation.
In its recent decision Seattle Tunnel Partners v. Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK) PLC, __ P.3d __ (Wash. Ct. App. Mar. 27, 2023), the Washington Court of Appeals, Division 1, discusses the evolution of Washington case law on spoliation of evidence and provides clarity around the circumstances that would justify the imposition of spoliation sanctions in this jurisdiction. Interestingly, the limits identified in this opinion regarding when spoliation sanctions are available differ from those in place in the federal courts and the courts of other states.Read More
Focusing on procedural rules and case law particular to Washington, Julie Anne Halter (Partner and e-DAT Practice Group Co-Chair) and Bree Kelly (e-DAT Senior Staff Lawyer) provide practical guidance for the state’s legal practitioners on each step of the e-discovery process in their recent LexisNexis Practice Note.Read More
Reflecting on the new enterprise collaboration and remote work technologies adopted by many employers, Julie Anne Halter (Partner and e-DAT Practice Group Co-Chair) outlines a number of related legal consideration and risks associated with these technologies in a 425 Business article published this week.Read More
Today we celebrate World e-Discovery Day, an annual industry-wide event for lawyers and legal professionals to highlight the critical role e-discovery plays in our legal systems. To mark this occasion, the K&L Gates e-Discovery Analysis & Technology (“e-DAT”) Group is launching a series of Q&A videos with e-discovery industry veterans. In the first episode in this “e-Discovery Exchange” series, Ellen Blanchard and Julie Anne Halter explore the evolving nature of communication technologies in the hybrid and remote workplaces and their e-discovery implications.
The pandemic has spawned many new and exciting innovations, but many of those innovations have also created new risks. One such risk — and often a very material one — is that employees working at home have created a new “Wild West” of e-discovery and data storage, where pandemic pioneers working in their homestead offices may have inadvertently escaped the well-controlled data storage environment in place in their workplace.Read More
In a recent K&L Gates Arbitration World podcast, Julie Anne Halter (a partner in our Seattle office and co-chair of our e-Discovery Analysis & Technology (“e-DAT”) practice group) and Martin King (a partner in our London office who focuses on international arbitration and complex commercial litigation and disputes) discussed virtual collaboration tools like Slack and Microsoft Teams and the e-discovery challenges, opportunities, and pitfalls these tools may present in the context of arbitration and litigation
Social media and web site content may serve as key evidence for many types of legal matters, including trademark infringement litigation, defamation cases, and employment matters related to harassment and workers’ compensation. However, capturing screenshots of such content as a means of data preservation for subsequent production in those legal matters may lead to issues related to their proper authentication.Read More