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U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Adopts New Electronic Discovery Guidelines Effective November 27, 2012

by Terri A. Thomas The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California unanimously adopted new guidelines regarding the discovery of electronically stored information (“ESI”). The guidelines are tools “designed to promote cooperative e-discovery planning . . . that is tailored and proportionate to

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Address Admissibility of Text Messages as Evidence

 This piece was first published on the blog From the Sidebar and is reprinted with permission. By Hayes Hunt and Michael Zabel Today, oral argument will be heard in Commonwealth v. Koch, a case in which the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is

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Shifting E-Discovery Costs to the Plaintiff in a Potential Class Action: a Pennsylvania Federal Court Tells Plaintiffs’ Counsel to “Make the Investment in Discovery”

In what could be a significant opinion for federal class action defendants seeking to limit their e-discovery costs, a court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently held in Boeynaems v. LA Fitness International, LLC, No. 10-2326, No. 11-2644 (E.D.

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Flattened By Race Tires: The Third Circuit Limits What Types of E-Discovery Costs Are Recoverable by a Prevailing Party

On March 16, 2012, in Race Tires America, Inc. v. Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. et al.,[1] the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit adopted a conservative view of the types of e-discovery costs recoverable by a prevailing party

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When Are Text Messages Admissible? The Pennsylvania Superior Court Explains.

 In today’s electronic age where text messages, instant messages and e-mails have, to a large degree, supplanted traditional written correspondence, courts are increasingly called upon to apply longstanding evidentiary rules to society’s newer methods of communication. A recent opinion, however, from

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Recovering e-discovery costs in federal court

Being a party to litigation often means devoting significant amounts of time and resources to complying with an opposing party’s extensive requests for e-discovery. But is e-discovery compliance a sunk cost? Not necessarily. More and more commonly, federal courts have been willing to allow prevailing parties to recover the costs of certain e-discovery compliance efforts. By carefully documenting the processes and costs necessary to produce responsive electronic data, you provide the court with a solid basis for restitution of those costs. In Race Tires America, Inc. v. Hoosier Racing Tire Corp., No. 07-1294, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48847 (W.D. Pa. May 6, 2011), for example, the court reimbursed the successful defendants for over $367,000 in e-discovery costs.

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