August 27, 2019 Top Story

Thorny Cross-Border E-discovery Issues on the Rise

Report outlines key concerns and best practices for litigators

By Geoff A. Gannaway

E-discovery obligations often conflict with international data privacy laws, creating headaches for the growing number of companies that store data abroad.

A growing number of e-discovery issues have emerged as U.S. laws conflict with international foreign privacy rules

A growing number of e-discovery issues have emerged as U.S. laws conflict with international foreign privacy rules

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The New York City Bar Association’s E-discovery Working Group has reviewed state and federal case law pertaining to this emerging issue in order to create a best practices guide for litigators attempting to comply with domestic discovery rules that conflict with foreign privacy restrictions. ABA Section of Litigation leaders agree with the report’s emphasis on addressing potential data privacy challenges at the beginning of a case before they become unmanageable.

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