Tag: Deleted Data

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HCC Ins. Holdings v. Flowers, No. 1:15-cv-3262-WSD (N.D. Ga. Jan. 30, 2017).
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Trude et al. v. Glenwood State Bank, et al., Nos. A15-0378, A15-1863, A15-1864 (Minn. App. Aug. 15, 2016)
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Malibu Media, LLC v. Doe (Northern District of Illinois Court, 2016)
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F & J Samame, Inc. v. Arco Iris Ice Cream, SA?13?CV?365?XR, 2015 WL 4068575 (W.D. Tex. Jul. 2, 2015)
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HMS Holdings Corp. v. Arendt, NO. A754/2014, 2015 WL 2403099 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. May 19, 2015)
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Knoderer v. State Farm Lloyds, No. 06-13-00027-CV, 2014 WL 4699136 (Tex. App. Sep. 19, 2014)
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Oleksy v. Gen. Elec. Co., No. 6 C 1245, 2014 WL 3820352 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 1, 2014)
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Bradfield v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., No. 5:13-cf-222-Oc-10PRL, 2014 WL 4626864 (M.D. Fla. Sep. 15, 2014)
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Bailey v. Scoutware, LLC, No. 12-10281, 2014 WL 1118372 (E.D. Mich. Mar. 21, 2014)
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First Senior Fin. Group LLC v. ?Watchdog,? No. 12-cv-1247, 2014 WL 1327584 (E.D. Pa. Apr. 3, 2014)

HCC Ins. Holdings v. Flowers, No. 1:15-cv-3262-WSD (N.D. Ga. Jan. 30, 2017).

Key Insight: Spoliation,

Nature of Case: Trade Secrets

Electronic Data Involved: E-mail accounts, electronic evidence, electronic storage devices, personal and work computers, cloud storage accounts

Keywords: Spoliation, Hot Sheets,

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Trude et al. v. Glenwood State Bank, et al., Nos. A15-0378, A15-1863, A15-1864 (Minn. App. Aug. 15, 2016)

Key Insight: Plaintiff failed to respond to discovery requests. Plaintiff also used data wiping software hours before turning computer over for forensic examination. Defendant granted default judgment.

Nature of Case: Repossession/Ownership

Electronic Data Involved: Files on Computer

Keywords: default judgment, contempt, data wipe

F & J Samame, Inc. v. Arco Iris Ice Cream, SA?13?CV?365?XR, 2015 WL 4068575 (W.D. Tex. Jul. 2, 2015)

Key Insight: Court granted in part plaintiff?s motion for attorneys? fees, where defendant had used software to wipe a PC and a laptop, deleting and overwriting more than 62,000 files, and violated a court order, and stalled the discovery process. Court denied in part plaintiff?s motion for sanctions, however, instead granting leave for new depositions, saying that while its order ?does not address the loss of evidence that may establish willful infringement,? the alleged infringing materials ?are available for the jury to assess whether infringement has incurred or not.?

Nature of Case: Trade dress and Trademark infringement

Electronic Data Involved: Email and ESI on hard drive

HMS Holdings Corp. v. Arendt, NO. A754/2014, 2015 WL 2403099 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. May 19, 2015)

Key Insight: For one defendant?s repeated use of a cleaning software (?Disk Utility? and its ?Secure Erase Free Space? function) to delete files and loss of a relevant hard drive without an adequate explanation and for another defendant?s loss of relevant ESI, including her intentional deletion of information from the desktop registry and her disposal of her cell phone (which she notably was unaware had been automatically backed up each time it was connected to her computer), ongoing deletion of text messages (on her new phone), and misrepresentations about when the old phone was discarded, the court found that a mandatory adverse inference was warranted and rejected Defendants? argument that the court should decline to employ the adverse inference at the preliminary injunction state, reasoning that the objective of promoting fairness was best served by ?employing an adverse inference at all relevant states of the litigation?; court also ordered defendants to pay Plaintiff?s attorneys fees without seeking reimbursement from their new employer and indicated its intention to forward its decision to the NY Bar in light of one defendant?s status as an attorney

Nature of Case: Misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of “post-employment covenants”

Electronic Data Involved: ESI, hard drive, text messages (iphone)

Oleksy v. Gen. Elec. Co., No. 6 C 1245, 2014 WL 3820352 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 1, 2014)

Key Insight: Where, at time complaint was filed, defendant should have reasonably foreseen that files created by its accused process would be material to the parties’ claims, yet defendant continued to overwrite its files per its standard practice instead of saving the files either manually or automatically, court denied plaintiff’s request for adverse inference instruction but ordered defendant to reconstitute or recreate three complete sequences of old computer code at its own cost

Nature of Case: Patent infringement

Electronic Data Involved: Computer code

Bradfield v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., No. 5:13-cf-222-Oc-10PRL, 2014 WL 4626864 (M.D. Fla. Sep. 15, 2014)

Key Insight: Where plaintiffs? law firm experienced severe power surge that damaged server and firm engaged IT expert who made good faith effort to restore and obtain all data on firm?s computer system, including data responsive to defendant?s document requests, court found that plaintiffs had met their burden of showing that additional ESI was not reasonably accessible because of undue burden or cost, and further determined that circumstances did not warrant forensic examination of firm?s computer system as defendant failed to show good cause for the examination and could not demonstrate that the likely benefit of the discovery sought outweighed the significant burden and expense, considering the importance of the issues at stake and notwithstanding defendant?s offer to bear the financial cost of the forensic examination

Nature of Case: Insurance coverage dispute

 

Bailey v. Scoutware, LLC, No. 12-10281, 2014 WL 1118372 (E.D. Mich. Mar. 21, 2014)

Key Insight: Because defendant was able to examine the subject cell phone with its expert, court ruled that plaintiff should also have the ability to examine the phone to determine if additional relevant text or voicemail messages exist or if there is evidence that text or voicemail messages were deleted, and ordered defendant to produce the current and old cell phones to plaintiff’s expert; court deferred ruling on other requested sanctions as premature and found that neither side was entitled to attorneys’ fees in connection with the motion

Nature of Case: Michigan Whistleblower Protection Act and breach of contract

Electronic Data Involved: Text messages and voicemail messages on cell phone of plaintiff’s former co-worker

First Senior Fin. Group LLC v. ?Watchdog,? No. 12-cv-1247, 2014 WL 1327584 (E.D. Pa. Apr. 3, 2014)

Key Insight: Court applied four-part test to determine that defendant acted intentionally and in bad faith to suppress or withhold relevant evidence, but because the prejudice to plaintiffs resulting from the spoliation appeared minimal and plaintiffs did not present any arguments as to how the spoliation prejudiced the ultimate merits of their case, court would only require defendant to pay the cost of the independent computer forensics expert and attorneys’ fees associated with plaintiffs’ motion for spoliation sanctions; court denied all other relief and sanctions sought by plaintiffs

Nature of Case: Defamation, tortious interference with business relationships, civil conspiracy, violations of the Lanham Act

Electronic Data Involved: ESI, computer hard drive

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