E-Discovery and Privacy Law
The Legality of "Rogue" Bots in Virtual Worlds: A Discussion of Blizzard v. MDY (9th Cir. Pending)
H1N1 Pandemic Preparedness & Response: A Guide to Legal & Policy Issue
E-Discovery and Digital Evidence
ABA Midyear Meeting
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A spoliation triple header this issue. First up is a decision from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York involving expensive (read, in the millions) art work, allegations of breach of contract, promissory estoppel and, a motion for sanctions for failure to search for and preserve ESI. The second decision provides an analysis of spoliation standards in the Sixth Circuit and as applied in the federal courts in the Eastern District of Michigan. The third decision from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia involves the imposition of an adverse inference for spoliation, as well as the imposition of an adverse inference in a civil case where a witness invokes his rights against self incrimination, both under Eleventh Circuit doctrinal authority.
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