Philip Favro

August 30, 2018
SF Court Rejects ESI Discovery Sanctions

SF Court Rejects eDiscovery Sanctions, Provides Guidance on Defensible Preservation

One of the most compelling eDiscovery issues facing litigants and lawyers is the prospect of sanctions for failures to preserve relevant ESI. Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e), sanctions may not issue unless the moving party can show that the preserving party lost relevant ESI after a duty to preserve attached. The movant must also demonstrate that the preserving party neglected to take “reasonable steps” to keep the ESI and that it “cannot be restored or replaced through additional discovery.”
August 23, 2018
Navigating Stormy Social Media Discovery

Safely Navigating the Stormy Seas of Social Media Discovery

Social media is used by billions of people for personal and professional purposes. Our pocket-sized cell phones provide a gateway for instant connection and gratification through social media, at any time and in any place. Individuals use social media to share their achievements, family vacation photos, political views, and favorite videos. Organizations leverage social media to reach prospective consumers. Nefarious actors have even exploited social media to spread misinformation and sow distrust, with global implications.
June 7, 2018
Importance Of Effective Information Retention Policies

New Case Highlights the Importance of an Effective Information Retention Program

A consistent information governance lesson that courts have emphasized for decades is the need to develop an effective records retention program. Such a program should result in the retention of information based on its value to the enterprise, together with other information that may be required to satisfy legal or regulatory retention obligations. When coupled with a data map, information retention policies provide a transparent and logical organization of company data that can benefit the enterprise in any number of ways.
March 28, 2018

Surfing for Sanctions under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e)

After the enactment in 2015 of amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e), sanctions for failing to preserve relevant electronically stored information (ESI) could only be considered if a preserving party “failed to take reasonable steps to preserve it.” Since that time, parties have sought to better understand how courts would interpret the phrase “reasonable steps to preserve.” A new case from the shores of one of
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