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Brad Jenkins

Brad Jenkins, President and CEO of CloudNine Discovery, has over 20 years of experience leading customer focused companies in the litigation support arena. Brad has authored many articles on litigation support issues, and has spoken before national audiences on document management practices and solutions.

Doug Austin

Doug Austin, Professional Services Manager for CloudNine Discovery, has over 20 years experience providing legal technology consulting and technical project management services to numerous commercial and government clients. Doug has also authored several articles on eDiscovery best practices.

Jane Gennarelli

Jane Gennarelli is a principal of Magellan’s Law Corporation and has been assisting litigators in effectively handling discovery materials for over 30 years. She authored the company’s Best Practices in a Box™ content product and assists firms in applying technology to document handling tasks. She is a known expert and often does webinars and presentations for litigation support professionals around the country. Jane can be reached by email at jane@litigationbestpractices.com.

Case Law

Court Slashes Vendor Bill Filled with Double Billing and Data Recovery Charges - eDiscovery Case Law

October 22, 2014

By Doug Austin

In Lanterman and Computer Forensic Services v. Afremov, Minnesota District Judge Philip D. Bush slashed over $700,000 from the plaintiff’s disputed invoices for eDiscovery work performed on behalf of the defendant, leaving an award of just over $103,000 for services rendered.

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October Case Law Pop Quiz Answers! - eDiscovery Case Law

October 21, 2014

By Doug Austin

Yesterday, we gave you a pop quiz for the eDiscovery case law that we’ve covered since the beginning of August. If you’re reading the blog each day, these questions should be easy! Let's see how you did. Here are the answers.

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October Case Law Pop Quiz! - eDiscovery Case Law

October 20, 2014

By Doug Austin

We enjoyed the eDiscovery case law pop quiz that we did back in August so much, that we decided it’s time for another one – this one is customized to the case law that we’ve covered since the beginning of August. If you’re reading the blog each day, these questions should be easy! If not, we’ve provided a link to the post with the answer. We’re that nice. Test your knowledge! Tomorrow, we’ll post the answers for those who don’t know and didn’t look them up.

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Battle Continues between Attorneys and Client over Attorneys’ Failure to Review Documents - eDiscovery Case Law

October 17, 2014

By Doug Austin

In Price Waicukauski & Riley v. Murray, Indiana District Judge William T. Lawrence granted the plaintiff’s request for summary judgment for failure to pay attorney’s fees of over $125,000, and refused to issue summary judgment for either party related to a legal malpractice claim for the plaintiff’s admitted failure to review documents produced in the defendants’ case against another party because of a factual dispute regarding the plaintiff’s knowledge of the documents produced.

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Failure to Preserve Data on Various Devices Causes Special Master to Recommend Default Judgment - eDiscovery Case Law

October 15, 2014

By Doug Austin

In Small v. University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, Special Master Daniel B. Garrie, calling the defendant’s widespread failure to preserve data a “mockery of the orderly administration of justice”, recommended that the court enter an order of default judgment, along with further sanctions, in favor of the plaintiffs.

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Court Rules that Joint Stipulation Supports Plaintiff’s Production of Images Instead of Native Files - eDiscovery Case Law

October 13, 2014

By Doug Austin

In Melian Labs, Inc. v. Triology LLC, California Magistrate Judge Kandis A. Westmore denied the plaintiff’s motion to compel discovery in native form because the production format had been agreed upon under the parties’ ESI protocol under the Joint Rule 26(f) Report filed by the parties that supported production in “paper, PDF, or TIFF format”.

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Court Approves Use of Predictive Coding, Disagrees that it is an "Unproven Technology" - eDiscovery Case Law

October 06, 2014

By Doug Austin

In Dynamo Holdings v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Texas Tax Court Judge Ronald Buch ruled that the petitioners “may use predictive coding in responding to respondent's discovery request” and if “after reviewing the results, respondent believes that the response to the discovery request is incomplete, he may file a motion to compel at that time”.

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Court Grants Motion for Spoliation Sanctions Due to Data that is “Less Accessible” - eDiscovery Case Law

September 17, 2014

By Doug Austin

In Mazzei v. Money Store, New York Magistrate Judge Ronald L. Ellis granted the plaintiff’s motion for spoliation sanctions against the defendant, ordering the defendant to bear the cost of obtaining all the relevant data in question from a third party as well as paying for plaintiff attorney fees in filing the motion.

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Court Rules to Limit Scope of Discovery, Noting that “Searching for ESI is only one discovery tool” - eDiscovery Case Law

September 15, 2014

By Doug Austin

In United States v. Univ. of Neb. at Kearney, Nebraska Magistrate Judge Cheryl R. Zwart denied the government’s motion to compel discovery, finding that “ESI is neither the only nor the best and most economical discovery method for obtaining the information the government seeks” and stating that searching for ESI “should not be deemed a replacement for interrogatories, production requests, requests for admissions and depositions”.

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Court Denies Plaintiff’s Fallback Request for Meet and Confer after Quashing its Subpoena - eDiscovery Case Law

September 10, 2014

By Doug Austin

In Boston Scientific Corporation v. Lee, California Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal found time to preside over a case other than Apple v. Samsung and granted the motion to quash the plaintiff’s subpoena for the defendant’s laptops, refusing the plaintiff’s fallback position to meet and confer and referencing Leave it to Beaver in the process.

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Though it was "Switching Horses in Midstream", Court Approves Plaintiff's Predictive Coding Plan - eDiscovery Case Law

September 08, 2014

By Doug Austin

In Bridgestone Americas Inc. v. Int'l Bus. Mach. Corp., Tennessee Magistrate Judge Joe B. Brown, acknowledging that he was “allowing Plaintiff to switch horses in midstream”, nonetheless ruled that that the plaintiff could use predictive coding to search documents for discovery, even though keyword search had already been performed.

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Our 1,000th Post! – eDiscovery Milestones

September 03, 2014

By Doug Austin

When we launched nearly four years ago on September 20, 2010, our goal was to be a daily resource for eDiscovery news and analysis. Now, after doing so each business day, I’m happy to announce that today is our 1,000th post on eDiscovery Daily! Check out what we've covered over 1,000 posts!

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Court Refuses to Ban Samsung from Selling Products Found to Have Infringed on Apple Products - eDiscovery Case Law

September 02, 2014

By Doug Austin

Apple may have won several battles with Samsung, including ultimately being awarded over $1 billion in verdicts, as well as a $2 million sanction for the inadvertent disclosure of its outside counsel firm (Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP) commonly known as “patentgate”. But, Samsung has may have won the war with the court’s refusal to ban Samsung from selling products that were found to have infringed on Apple products.

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Court Sides with Defendant in Dispute over Predictive Coding that Plaintiff Requested - eDiscovery Case Law

August 29, 2014

By Doug Austin

In the case In re Bridgepoint Educ., Inc., Securities Litigation, California Magistrate Judge Jill L. Burkhardt ruled that expanding the scope of discovery by nine months was unduly burdensome, despite the plaintiff’s request for the defendant to use predictive coding to fulfill its discovery obligation and also approved the defendants' method of using search terms to identify responsive documents for the already reviewed three individual defendants, directing the parties to meet and confer regarding the additional search terms the plaintiffs requested.

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Circuit Court Affirms Denial of Sanctions Over Spoliation by Defendant - eDiscovery Case Law

August 25, 2014

By Doug Austin

In Automated Solutions Corp. v. Paragon Data Sys., Inc., the Sixth Circuit court affirmed the holdings of the district court, rejecting the plaintiff’s arguments that the district court abused its discretion by denying plaintiff’s motion for spoliation sanctions due to defendant’s failure to preserve information on a hard drive and server. The circuit court also affirmed the ruling by both the magistrate and district judge that the defendant’s back-up tapes were not subject to the duty to preserve.

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Privilege Not Waived on Defendant’s Seized Computer that was Purchased by Plaintiff at Auction - eDiscovery Case Law

August 11, 2014

By Doug Austin

In Kyko Global Inc. v. Prithvi Info. Solutions Ltd., Washington Chief District Judge Marsha J. Pechman ruled that the defendants’ did not waive their attorney-client privilege on the computer of one of the defendants purchased by plaintiffs at public auction, denied the defendants’ motion to disqualify the plaintiff’s counsel for purchasing the computer and ordered the plaintiffs to provide defendants with a copy of the hard drive within three days for the defendants to review it for privilege and provide defendants with a privilege log within seven days of the transfer.

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August Case Law Pop Quiz Answers! - eDiscovery Case Law

August 05, 2014

By Doug Austin

Yesterday, we gave you a pop quiz for the eDiscovery case law that we’ve covered in the past three months. If you’re reading the blog each day, these questions should be easy! Let's see how you did. Here are the answers.

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August Case Law Pop Quiz! - eDiscovery Case Law

August 04, 2014

By Doug Austin

We haven’t conducted a pop quiz in a while, so the “dog days” of summer seems like a good time for it. This one is customized to the eDiscovery case law that we’ve covered the past three months. If you’re reading the blog each day, these questions should be easy! If not, we’ve provided a link to the post with the answer. We’re that nice. Test your knowledge! Tomorrow, we’ll post the answers for those who don’t know and didn’t look them up.

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Texas Supreme Court Reverses Spoliation Ruling, Remands Case for New Trial - eDiscovery Case Law

July 30, 2014

By Doug Austin

In Brookshire Bros., Ltd. v. Aldridge, the Supreme Court of Texas determined “that imposition of the severe sanction of a spoliation instruction was an abuse of discretion” in the trial court, reversed the court of appeals' judgment and remanded the case for a new trial.

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Failure to Preserve Cloud-Based Data Results in Severe Sanction for Defendant - eDiscovery Case Law

July 29, 2014

By Doug Austin

In Brown v. Tellermate Holdings, Magistrate Judge Terence Kemp granted plaintiffs’ motion for judgment and motion to strike, ruling that the defendant could not “present or rely upon evidence that it terminated the Browns' employment for performance-related reasons” and enabling the plaintiffs to use documents produced by the defendant “designated as attorneys'-eyes-only” to be used by the plaintiffs “without restriction”, due to the defendant’s failure to preserve or produce data from their Salesforce.com database.

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Court Denies Sanctions for Deletion of "Smoking Gun" Email, Grants Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment - eDiscovery Case Law

July 21, 2014

By Doug Austin

In the case In re Text Messaging Antitrust Litig., Illinois District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly not only denied the plaintiffs’ request for an adverse inference sanction against the defendants for destroying emails, but also granted the defendants’ motion for summary judgment, as the plaintiffs failed to provide any supporting circumstantial evidence to meet their burden of proof.

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Court Orders Sharing of Costs for Forensic Examination of Plaintiff’s Emails – eDiscovery Case Law

July 18, 2014

By Doug Austin

In Zeller v. So. Central Emergency Med. Servs. Inc., Pennsylvania Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick used the Zubulake seven factor test to rule that the costs for restoring and searching the plaintiff's emails should be shared, up to a maximum contribution by $1,500 by the plaintiff.

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