Philip Favro

January 5, 2021
Lessons Learned for 2021

Lessons Learned for 2021: Spotlighting the Top eDiscovery Cases from 2020

With the New Year upon us, it is worth looking back at some of the key eDiscovery cases from 2020 and examining the lessons they offer going forward in 2021.
December 16, 2020
New TAR Case Spotlights Perils with Broad ESI Protocols

New TAR Case Spotlights Perils with Broad ESI Protocols

A new case has brought into the spotlight the risks responding parties face when entering into ESI protocols with detailed disclosure obligations regarding technology-assisted review (“TAR”). In In re Valsartan, Losartan, and Irbesartan Products Liability Litigation (D.N.J. Dec. 2, 2020), the court refused to approve a responding party’s proposed TAR process and insisted that the design and execution of a TAR workflow required “an unprecedented degree of transparency” between the responding and requesting parties.
November 23, 2020
Proportionality - The Bottom Line in eDiscovery is Cost

Proportionality: Cost Remains The Bottom Line in eDiscovery

We are at the five-year mark of rules changes designed to emphasize proportionality in federal civil discovery practice. Since December 1, 2015, many courts have examined the six proportionality factors memorialized in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(1) to measure the appropriateness of discovery. Of those factors, cost—the expense and time required to comply with a discovery response—remains the most significant in terms of determining whether a responding party must comply with a disputed discovery request.
October 28, 2020

Terminating Sanctions Order Emphasizes the Need for Safeguards to Ensure Disposition Programs are Defensible

Organizations have begun to realize the value of implementing defensible disposition programs to eliminate data that has low value. When properly handled, disposition programs can reduce the costs and risks associated with retaining data stockpiles. However, disposition initiatives that lack safeguards to ensure relevant information is preserved for litigation could leave an organization vulnerable to disaster. The recent terminating sanctions order from Estate of Moreno v. Correctional Healthcare Companies spotlights this point, along with key steps companies should consider to ensure disposition initiatives are truly defensible.
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