eDiscovery Daily Blog

In addition to its software and professional services, CloudNine also provides extensive education to eDiscovery practitioners as highlighted by its publication of the eDiscovery Daily Blog. Authored and edited by industry expert Doug Austin, the eDiscovery Daily is the go-to resource for thousands of eDiscovery and eDisclosure professionals seeking to keep up with the latest news and case law in the world of digital discovery.
Web Teleconferencing Solutions Experiencing Challenges During COVID-19 Crisis: eDiscovery Logistics
Web Teleconferencing Solutions Experiencing Challenges During COVID-19 Crisis: eDiscovery Logistics 368 500 Doug Austin

We’re all adjusting to our “new normal” of Work From Home (WFH) during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis. But, working with increased demands on teleconferencing solutions may make us want to say “WTF” during our WFH experience these days. Is there anybody out there?

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Court Denies Plaintiff’s Sanctions Request, Points Out Her Own “Misconduct”: eDiscovery Case Law
Court Denies Plaintiff’s Sanctions Request, Points Out Her Own “Misconduct”: eDiscovery Case Law 479 270 Doug Austin

In Vaks v. Quinlan, et al., Massachusetts District Judge Leo T. Sorokin denied the plaintiff’s Motion to Compel and for Sanctions, calling her accusations “without basis” and pointing out her own “pattern of misconduct and disregard of the governing rules”.

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Here’s a Webcast on How to Win the Battle on Discovery Form of Production: eDiscovery Webcasts
Here’s a Webcast on How to Win the Battle on Discovery Form of Production: eDiscovery Webcasts 464 264 Doug Austin

Yesterday, I said that (despite the current COVID-19 crisis) CloudNine is continuing to provide the full range of services and high-quality support you have come to expect, including this blog. And, webcasts too! We’re back and better than ever with our next webcast – in just three weeks!

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Yes, It’s Another Story About Coronavirus: eDiscovery and World Trends
Yes, It’s Another Story About Coronavirus: eDiscovery and World Trends 532 374 Doug Austin

If you’re not sick from COVID-19 (aka, the Coronavirus), you’re probably sick of hearing about COVID-19. Hopefully, the latter group will indefinitely continue to be much larger than the former group. Regardless, I won’t bore you with what you already know about COVID-19 and how it has disrupted (and will continue to disrupt) our way of life (well, I won’t bore you much anyway). But, since this is an eDiscovery blog, let’s talk about how it is already starting to impact our industry. And, we’ll also talk about what CloudNine is doing about it.

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The Ongoing Battle Over How ESI is Produced: eDiscovery Trends, Part Four
The Ongoing Battle Over How ESI is Produced: eDiscovery Trends, Part Four 512 383 Tom O'Connor

Here are some conclusions regarding the ongoing battle over production of ESI, with links to case law on the topic and a link to the foremost resource on the topic for more information.

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The Ongoing Battle Over How ESI is Produced: eDiscovery Trends, Part Three
The Ongoing Battle Over How ESI is Produced: eDiscovery Trends, Part Three 512 383 Tom O'Connor

So, what are the objections most commonly raised by producing parties? Let’s discuss several standard objections and some counter arguments to those objections.

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Court Denies Southwest Airlines’ Motion for Rule 11 Sanctions Against Plaintiff: eDiscovery Case Law
Court Denies Southwest Airlines’ Motion for Rule 11 Sanctions Against Plaintiff: eDiscovery Case Law 479 270 Doug Austin

In Houston v. Southwest Airlines, Texas Magistrate Judge Rebecca Rutherford “decline[d] to impose sanctions under either Rule 11 or its inherent powers” against the plaintiff for statements she made regarding her response to the defendant’s interrogatories and requests for admission in her summary judgment response.

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The Ongoing Battle Over How ESI is Produced: eDiscovery Trends, Part Two
The Ongoing Battle Over How ESI is Produced: eDiscovery Trends, Part Two 512 383 Tom O'Connor

As I’ve said before, “read the rule book shankapotomous.” So, let’s look at exactly what the rules say about this issue. Here’s what Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) Rule 34, section (b) says.

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The Ongoing Battle Over How ESI is Produced: eDiscovery Trends
The Ongoing Battle Over How ESI is Produced: eDiscovery Trends 512 383 Tom O'Connor

Legal disputes in the civil arena typically succeed or fail these days as a result of the practice of eDiscovery. FRCP Rule 26(f), which provides for a conference of the parties and planning for discovery. This conference was designed to speed up the discovery process but more and more it has become bogged down with disputes over one particular section in that rule, (3)(C), which states that the plan shall contain “any issues about disclosure, discovery, or preservation of electronically stored information, including the form or forms in which it should be produced;”. In this series, we will take a look at the battles that parties have over forms of production.

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Court Grants Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel Discovery in Loan Dispute: eDiscovery Case Law
Court Grants Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel Discovery in Loan Dispute: eDiscovery Case Law 479 270 Doug Austin

In Grande v. U.S. Bank Nat’l Ass’n, Washington District Judge Marsha J. Pechman granted the plaintiffs’ motion to compel discovery, finding the policies requested were “relevant under the broad civil discovery standard” and that the defendants “ha[d] not demonstrated that the policies are confidential, proprietary, or trade secrets”. Judge Pechman also granted the plaintiffs’ request for attorney’s fees in bringing the motion.

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