The Low Speed Chase that Gives Us Admissible Cell Phone Photo after a Warrantless Search

A police officer stopped a car driving with a flat tire, cracked windshield and its bright lights on.  People v. Gorostiza, 2009 Cal. App. Unpub. Lexis 9494 at *1.   The passengers might have been hoping, “There is nothing to see here.”  After stopping the car with the Defendant and two passengers,[…]

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BlackBerry Boo-Boos: How to Get the Judge to Text You Adverse Inference Instructions

Southeastern Mechanical Services, Inc., v Brody, et al., is the story of how wiping the data off your BlackBerry can result with the Court having you drawn and quartered.  Not with horses, but with adverse inference instructions. In a trade secret case where Individual Defendants left the Plaintiff’s company and[…]

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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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The Missing Link: A Duty to Preservation Imbedded Images & Hyperlinks?

Paleontologists have searched for the missing link, the remains of an transitional life form, showing a state of evolution.  Lawyers today continue the quest for missing links, but not for transitional life forms, but inactive hyperlinks to websites. The Plaintiff in Ferron v. Echostar Satellite, LLC, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 66637 (S.D.[…]

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What Litigation Hold? Failing to Image Hard Drives and Other Discovery Mistakes

Plunk v. Vill. of Elwood, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 42952 (N.D. Ill. May 20, 2009) is a civil rights case with a summer time trial date against a local government, village officials and the police department.  The Plaintiffs took the Defendants to task for failing to image six hard drives[…]

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