The Helping Hand of Cooperation over Search Terms

The Defendants in Romero v. Allstate Ins. Co., opposed a motion to compel to confer with the Plaintiffs over search terms.  Romero is an employment class action against Allstate involving alleged coercion to convert employees into independent contractors without their original benefits. Romero v. Allstate Ins. Co., 2010 U.S. Dist.[…]

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Sanctions for Spoliation Are Not Made on Hunches

In an employment discrimination case, the Defendant claimed the Plaintiff intentionally destroyed data off her personal computer and audio tapes.  The Defendant sought the dismissal of the Plaintiff’s lawsuit and claimed they had spent $150,000 because of the alleged discovery violations.  Coburn v. PN II, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110613[…]

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Speedy Delivery: Compelling Imaging & Searching of Everything

In a contract dispute regarding a shipping vendor, the Plaintiff brought a motion to compel the collection and processing of the entire contents of Defendants’ hard drives, network drives, and user files.  Unishippers Global Logistics, LLC v. DHL Express (USA), Inc., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 94844 (D. Utah Oct. 12,[…]

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Lions, Tigers & Bears: Failing to Preserve ESI, Search Terms and Forensically Imaging Computers

In Treppel v. Biovail Corp., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25867 (S.D.N.Y. 2008) the Plaintiff brought an action alleging a smear campaign against him. The Defendants in turn claimed the Plaintiff defamed their CEO and caused their stock to drop in value.   No matter what the truth is, these parties are[…]

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Coffee, Donuts and a Meet & Confer on Electronically Stored Information

Dunkin’ Donuts sued to terminate a franchise agreement on the basis the Defendants breached their contract by erroneously reporting employee wages on an IRS W-2 Form and trademark infringement.  Dunkin’ Donuts Franchised Rests. LLC v. Grand Cent. Donuts, Inc., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52261, 4-5 (E.D.N.Y. June 19, 2009).  The[…]

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The Return of Covad Communications: Forensic Imaging of Databases & Email Servers

Magistrate Judge Facciola’s “Christmas Eve” opinion now has a sequel: Covad Communs. Co. v. Revonet, Inc., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 47841 (D.D.C. May 27, 2009).  This opinion is very detailed covering issues of forensic examinations, email servers and commentary on retention policies.  I encourage lawyers to look at this opinion. […]

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