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  • March 19, 2019

    City Of Flint: Depositions Should Be Rescheduled In Whistleblower Lawsuit

    DETROIT — The city of Flint, Mich., on March 18 moved in Michigan federal court for a protective order that would require the rescheduling of de bene esse depositions of two witnesses in a whistleblower’s lawsuit against the city related to alleged retaliation in the aftermath of the Flint lead-contaminated water crisis (Natasha Henderson v. Flint, et al., No. 16-11648, E.D. Mich.).

  • March 14, 2019

    Magistrate Judge Allows Limited Depositions Of Absent Class Members In Wage Suit

    FRESNO, Calif. — A California federal magistrate judge on March 5 entered an order allowing depositions of absent class members in a lawsuit over wages for agricultural workers but placed limits on the number of depositions for now and left open the possibility of limiting the length of the depositions in the future (Beatriz Aldapa, et al. v. Fowler Packaging Company Inc., et al., No. 15-420, E.D. Calif., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 35284).

  • March 13, 2019

    Security Firm Wants Honeywell Sanctioned For Destruction Of Emails

    PHILADELPHIA — The plaintiff in a contract dispute with Honeywell International Inc. over the digital integration of security systems filed a motion for sanctions in Pennsylvania federal court March 8, arguing that it was prejudiced by the defendant’s destruction of electronically stored information (ESI) in the form of emails that memorialized the parties’ contractual relationship (Universal Atlantic Systems Inc. v. Honeywell International Inc., No. 2:17-cv-04660, E.D. Pa.).

  • March 12, 2019

    Oracle Requests Discovery To Ensure Compliance With Software Copyright Injunction

    LAS VEGAS — Citing “grave concerns” that Rimini Street Inc. is not fully complying with a permanent injunction issued against it in a long-running software copyright dispute, Oracle USA Inc. on Feb. 27 asked a Nevada federal court for leave to conduct limited discovery to determine the extent of the defendant’s compliance or noncompliance (Oracle USA Inc., et al. v. Rimini Street Inc., et al., No. 2:10-cv-00106, D. Nev.).

  • March 8, 2019

    DOJ Defends Citizenship Census Question To High Court, Condemns Discovery Ruling

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a merits brief on behalf of the federal government in the U.S. Supreme Court on March 6, arguing that a trial court wrongly deemed a citizenship question on the upcoming the U.S. census to be unconstitutional and condemning that court’s decision to allow extrarecord discovery in the form of a deposition of the secretary of Commerce to probe his mental processes on the census question (U.S. Department of Commerce, et al. v. New York, et al., No. 18-966, U.S. Sup.).

  • March 8, 2019

    Imaging Firm Says Discovery In Contract Suit Is Irrelevant, Would Violate GDPR

    WILMINGTON, Del. — An Irish-based medical imaging company argues in a March 5 brief in Delaware court that documents sought in discovery by a former manufacturing partner in a motion to compel are not only irrelevant to the contractual dispute between them but also that  producing them could potentially violate the stringent privacy standards of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Guerbet Ireland Unlimited Co., et al. v. SpecGX LLC, No. N18C-05-159, Del. Super.).

  • March 8, 2019

    Additional Discovery Is Warranted In Disability Benefits Suit, Judge Says

    SEATTLE — A Washington federal judge on March 6 granted a disability claimant’s motion to compel additional discovery after determining that additional discovery into the credibility of the disability insurer’s previous and current medical reviewers is necessary because the insurer relied on a fake doctor’s report in denying the initial claim for benefits (Penelope Benis v. Reliance Standard Health Insurance Co., No. 18-164, W.D. Wash., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 36008).

  • March 7, 2019

    Idaho Magistrate Declines To Rule On Deposition Motion For Lack Of Jurisdiction

    BOISE, Idaho — Although the subpoena for the deposition of a witness in an employment retaliation suit was issued in his court, an Idaho federal magistrate judge on Feb. 26 denied a motion to compel responses from the witness, deferring the matter to the Washington federal court where the original deposition was held (Sharon R. Hammer, et al. v. Sun Valley, et al., No. 1:13-cv-00211, D. Idaho, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 32607).

  • March 6, 2019

    Board Trustees Seek Denial Of Document Production In Disparagement Case

    TULSA, Okla. — Trustees of Oklahoma School Risk Management Trust (OSRMT) argue in a March 1 response that an Oklahoma federal court should not require them to produce certain documents in a lawsuit concerning alleged disparagement to a self-insurance products distributor during the promotion of a competitor’s products to school districts (The Sandner Group – Alternative Risk Solutions Inc. v. BancFirst Insurance Services Inc., et al., No. 18-0265, N.D. Okla.).

  • February 28, 2019

    Magistrate: Advice-Of-Counsel Defense Waived VidAngel’s Privilege In Some Items

    LOS ANGELES — An online streaming service’s claim that it relied on the advice of its counsel as to the legality of its video-filtering services waived attorney-client privilege in any documents or communications on this matter, a California federal magistrate judge ruled Feb. 26, granting in part a motion to compel by a group of movie studios in a copyright infringement dispute (Disney Enterprises Inc., et al. v. VidAngel Inc., No. 2:16-cv-04109, C.D. Calif.).

  • February 28, 2019

    Cryptocurrency Trader May Conduct Discovery To Identify Doe Hacker, Judge Rules

    SEATTLE — A cryptocurrency platform provider pursuing legal action against an unknown hacker has shown good cause to conduct early discovery to obtain identifying information for a John Doe defendant to pursue computer fraud claims, a Washington federal judge ruled Feb. 25, granting in part the company’s motion for that limited purpose (ZG TOP Technology Co. Ltd. v. John Doe, No. 2:19-cv-00092, W.D. Wash., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 29616).

  • February 26, 2019

    Judge Refuses To Allow Discovery For Use In A Chinese Arbitration

    NEW YORK — A New York federal judge on Feb. 25 denied a petitioner’s request for leave to seek discovery for use in an arbitration pending before the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), holding that the CIETAC is not an international tribunal that falls within the scope of the applicable foreign discovery law (In re Application of Hanwei Guo, No. 18-MC-561, S.D. N.Y., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 29572).

  • February 25, 2019

    Trump Administration Seeks Extension To Respond To Fracking FOIA Request

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Trump administration on Feb. 21 asked a judge in the District of Columbia federal court for more time to respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by an environmental group that has requested records relating to the Mancos-Gallup Resource Management Plan (MGRMP) in order to analyze the effects of hydraulic fracturing on the Greater Chaco Region (Wildearth Guardians v. U.S. Department of the Interior, et al., No. 19-72, D. D.C.).

  • February 22, 2019

    Judge Delays Trial During Discovery Into Fresh Asbestos Claims

    NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana plaintiffs’ attempt at subpoenaing a Michigan witness demonstrates a “disturbing unfamiliarity” with federal rules, and no good cause exists for their last minute objections to testimony, but the federal judge overseeing the case continued the upcoming trial Feb. 20 so the parties could conduct discovery into newly alleged premises and employer liability claims (Victor Michel v. Ford Motor Co., et al., No. 18-4738, E.D. La.).

  • February 22, 2019

    Discovery Of U.K. Emails In Patent Suit Won’t Violate GDPR, Magistrate Rules

    SAN FRANCISCO— A technology firm that is the defendant in a patent infringement lawsuit failed to establish that producing emails of an employee in the United Kingdom would violate the privacy protections of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a California federal magistrate judge ruled Feb. 14, finding the requested emails to be relevant to the suit and the plaintiff’s requests to not be overbroad (Finjan Inc. v. Zscaler Inc., No. 3:17-cv-06946, N.D. Calif., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24570).

  • February 21, 2019

    Magistrate Refuses To Compel Discovery For Use In Dutch Case Related To $50B Award

    NEW YORK — A New York federal magistrate judge on Feb. 19 denied a petition filed by investors who sought discovery from a law firm to be used in their appeal of a Hague court’s decision overturning arbitral awards of more than $50 billion, holding that a delay in seeking the documents and a lack of clarity under Russian law as to the treatment of discovery sought through a subpoena favored denial of the petition (In re: Application of Hulley Enterprises, Ltd., et al., No. 18-MC-435, S.D. N.Y., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26332).

  • February 21, 2019

    Trade Group To High Court: ‘Confidential’ Store Data Exempt From FOIA Production

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a Feb. 15 merits brief, a trade association tells the U.S. Supreme Court that an exemption of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for “trade secrets and commercial or financial information” merely requires a showing that withheld information was “confidential,” arguing that an Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling improperly held that the exemption required establishing that “substantial competitive harm” would result from disclosure (Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media, No. 18-481, U.S. Sup.).

  • February 20, 2019

    Judge Overrules Doctors’ Objections To Ruling Refusing To Quash Subpoenas

    LAS VEGAS — A federal judge in Nevada on Feb. 14 overruled objections by two doctors accused of submitting bills to Allstate Insurance Co. and its affiliates for medical services provided to victims of automobile accidents that were not provided or medically unnecessary to a magistrate judge’s ruling denying their motion to quash subpoenas seeking financial records, finding that the requested information is relevant and that the subpoenas cannot be narrowed (Allstate Insurance Co., et al. v. Marjorie Belsky, M.D., et al., No. 15-cv-2265, D. Nev., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24986).

  • February 20, 2019

    Movie Studios Seek Access To VidAngel’s Counsel’s Memo Over Copyright Defenses

    LOS ANGELES — Arguing that VidAngel Inc. waived any attorney-client privilege in a memorandum authored by its lawyer by referencing it as a source of its advice-of-counsel defense against willful copyright infringement, a group of plaintiff movie studios asked a California federal court on Feb. 14 to compel the online movie-filtering service to submit the memorandum and any other documents related to its defenses (Disney Enterprises Inc., et al. v. VidAngel Inc., No. 2:16-cv-04109, C.D. Calif.).

  • February 20, 2019

    Texas High Court Upholds Attorney-Client Privilege For Testifying Expert Materials

    AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas discovery rule requiring the production of a testifying expert’s materials does not apply to any that properly qualify as privileged, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Feb. 15, chiding a Texas city for “seek[ing] to broaden the scope of expert discovery to include material that is otherwise protected by the attorney-client privilege” in a Hurricane Ike insurance coverage dispute (In re Dickinson, No. 17-0020, Texas Sup., 2019 Tex. LEXIS 165).

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