The Year in Review: 2013 Trends in Plaintiff Electronic Discovery
Our Plaintiff eDiscovery Experts Highlight Notable Case Law
As our website continues to highlight the latest plaintiff eDiscovery cases and topics, certain trends emerge that are exceptionally notable for practitioners. Please review with us some of the electronic discovery blog highlights from 2013!
Bar is Raised for eDiscovery Attorney Competence
With the significance of electronic information permeating litigation, both the judiciary and state bar associations continue to expand technical expectations for attorneys. Not only must lawyers be able to understand the types of electronic data available in discovery, they also must be capable of advising clients competently when managing potentially relevant electronic information. Attorneys can no longer plead technological ignorance and stay in the good graces of the courts.
Spoliation of Electronic Evidence Case Trends
Spoliation of electronic data and resulting sanctions remain a key source of opinions in 2013. Courts have little patience for parties and counsel who attempt to hide or destroy relevant electronic data resources, whether from traditional email accounts, computer hard drives or social media. ESI parameters should be routinely set during Fed.R.Civ.Pro. 26(f) meetings, where parties are expected to work together and agree on the type of metadata and file formats for production. When plaintiffs’ counsel documents spoliation of relevant discovery evidence, the courts are assessing sanctions with greater regularity.
General ESI Production Case Trends
In addition to spoliation, general ESI production opinions are focusing on the parameters of electronic discovery. Arguments over access to particular forms of electronic information are common, especially in regards to social media, and parties often fight over production costs.
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