Tag: Policy on Routine Records Management and Retention

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WeRide Corp. v. Kun Huang (N.D. Cal., 2020)
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Taylor v. Kilmer (Northern District of Illionis, 2020)
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Nevis v. Rideout Memorial Hospital, et al. (Eastern District of California, 2020)
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Cruz v. G-Star Inc., No. 17 Civ. 7685 (PGG) (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2019)
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Wolff v. United Airlines, Inc., No. 1:18-cv-00591-RM-SKC (D. Colo. Sep. 17, 2019).
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Man Zhang v. City of New York (SDNY, 2019)
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Beseke v. Equifax Information Services, LLC, No. 17-CV-4971-DWF-KMM (D. Minn, 2018)
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Franklin v. Howard Brown Health Ctr., No. 17 C 8376 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 4, 2018)
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Small v. Univ. Med. Ctr., No. 2:13-cv-0298-APG-PAL (D. Nev. Aug. 9, 2018)
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In re Application of HANSAIN VEST Hanseatische Investment-GmbH in respect of the Fund Aramea Rendite Plus; Trinity Investments Designated Activity Company (S.D. New York, 2018)

WeRide Corp. v. Kun Huang (N.D. Cal., 2020)

Key Insight: Defendant’s failure to suspend document retention policy resulted in loss of evidence and court ordered judgment against Defendant. Plaintiff also showed evidence that USB Drives had been inserted into a shared laptop and files deleted. Defendants actions had made it impossible for Plaintiff to prove case.

Nature of Case: Trade Secrets

Electronic Data Involved: USB Drives inserted into company laptop; Email accounts

Keywords: records retention policy, spoliation, sanctions

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Taylor v. Kilmer (Northern District of Illionis, 2020)

Key Insight: argue that those requests and subpoenas are overly broad

Nature of Case: Motor vehicle accident negligence, personal injury

Electronic Data Involved: medical bills, records, and data for treatment received over a year before incident pertaining to rate of reimbursement

Keywords: subpoena, provider billing structure, medical billing and records, overly broad and burdensome

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Nevis v. Rideout Memorial Hospital, et al. (Eastern District of California, 2020)

Key Insight: Plaintiff was made aware that he had to preserve his phone records and text records and than failed to do so

Nature of Case: personal injury and liability

Electronic Data Involved: plaintiff’s cell phone and text messages

Keywords: spoliation, text messages, phone records, cell phone, preservation

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Cruz v. G-Star Inc., No. 17 Civ. 7685 (PGG) (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2019)

Key Insight: Plaintiff never articulated claims that would make reasonable person believe lawsuit was likely. No duty to preserve had yet attached when Plaintiff when to HR.

Nature of Case: Discrimination

Electronic Data Involved: emails and SAP account

Keywords: Imminent litigation; adverse inference

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Wolff v. United Airlines, Inc., No. 1:18-cv-00591-RM-SKC (D. Colo. Sep. 17, 2019).

Key Insight: Both sides moved for spoliation sanctions. Court was troubled by failure to suspend automatic deletion and loss of personal cell phone, but imposed no sanctions.

Nature of Case: Employee Termination/Discrimination

Electronic Data Involved: cell phones, company computer, notebooks

Keywords: spoliation; sanctions; automatic deletion

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Man Zhang v. City of New York (SDNY, 2019)

Key Insight: Spoliation, failure to issue Litigation Hold,

Nature of Case: 1983 Civil Rights

Electronic Data Involved: Hard copy, video, telephone recordings

Keywords: Adverse inference, Default Judgment, Sanctions, Attorney’s fees and costs, failure to investigate, Spoliation, Intent to deprive, Reasonable steps to preserve

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Beseke v. Equifax Information Services, LLC, No. 17-CV-4971-DWF-KMM (D. Minn, 2018)

Key Insight: accessibility of data

Nature of Case: Violations of the FCRA

Electronic Data Involved: information related to similar lawsuits and consumer complaints

Keywords: data, searchable, accessible, access*, undue burden,

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Franklin v. Howard Brown Health Ctr., No. 17 C 8376 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 4, 2018)

Key Insight: ineffective litigation hold, failure to preserve electronic evidence

Nature of Case: workplace harassment and discrimination

Electronic Data Involved: emails, text messages, instant messages

Keywords: instant messages, faulty and failed litigation hold, the defendant “bollixed its litigation hold”

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Small v. Univ. Med. Ctr., No. 2:13-cv-0298-APG-PAL (D. Nev. Aug. 9, 2018)

Key Insight: Defendant’s failure to preserve and produce ESI responsive to plantiffs’ discovery requests.

Nature of Case: unpaid wages and overtime claims collective action

Electronic Data Involved: deleted electronic records, undecipherable codes, mobile device data, text messages

Keywords: adverse inference instruction, unintelligible, mockery of the orderly administration of justice

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In re Application of HANSAIN VEST Hanseatische Investment-GmbH in respect of the Fund Aramea Rendite Plus; Trinity Investments Designated Activity Company (S.D. New York, 2018)

Key Insight: Whether US based discovery can be used in a foreign proceeding

Nature of Case: 28 U.S.C. 1782 request for US based Discovery to be used in a foreign proceeding

Electronic Data Involved: Business documents

Keywords: US based discovery, foreign proceeding, serve document subpoenas

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