Nebraska, Where Proportionality is Alive and Well in Discovery

One lesson from United States v. Univ. of Neb. at Kearney, is that maybe you should take depositions of key parties and use interrogatories to find out relevant information to your case before asking for over 40,000 records that contain the personal information of unrelated third-parties to a lawsuit. The[…]

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Location Privacy Protection Act

Guest Article By Sonya Ziaja. Ms. Ziaja is a regular contributer to Legal Match’s Law Blog and to Shark. Laser. Blawg.  Senator Al Fraken proposed a consumer privacy geolocation bill (the Location Privacy Protection Act) earlier this term. Unlike the bipartisan GPS Act, the bill does not attempt to grapple[…]

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How to Exclude an Expert Who Says There is No Expectation of Online Privacy

A Plaintiff successfully excluded the Defendant’s testifying expert whose opinion was that “no one, including Plaintiffs, has a reasonable expectation of privacy in Internet communications.”  Clements-Jeffrey v. City of Springfield, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81898, 2-3; 10 (S.D. Ohio July 27, 2011). The case involved the theft of a laptop. […]

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Streaming Early Discovery in Online Music Infringement

The Plaintiffs filed a suit alleging copyright infringement against the online proprietors of Korean pop music website where the Defendants “post, organize, search for, identify, collect and index links to infringing material that is available on third-party websites,” which the Plaintiff claimed was a “a one-stop shop for infringing material.”[…]

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Feng Shui False Tweets

The Plaintiff, a professional Chicago interior designer, was the director of marketing, PR and e-commerce for the Defendant, a well-known interior designer. Maremont v. Susan Fredman Design Group, Ltd., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26441, at *4 (N.D. Ill. Mar. 15, 2011). After being injured in an accident, the Defendant impersonated[…]

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How Third Party ESI Requests Collide with the Stored Communications Act

The Plaintiff in an online fraud case sought the production of personal email messages from Yahoo.  Jimena v. UBS AG Bank, Inc., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 95050 (E.D. Cal. Aug. 27, 2010). The allegations of the lawsuit involved a “Nigerian advance fee scheme,” where the Plaintiff claimed the Defendant, the Chief[…]

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