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  • March 24, 2022

    High Court Questions Section 1782’s Applicability To Foreign Arbitrations

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court on March 23 heard arguments from parties and the United States as amicus curiae in two consolidated cases addressing what kind of foreign arbitral tribunals U.S. courts may assist by ordering discovery under Title 28 U.S. Code Section 1782, which is the subject of a circuit split, and whether such discovery is required by the text of the statute or harms comity.

  • March 23, 2022

    Bestwall Asbestos Claimants Appeal Contempt Finding For Discovery Questionnaires

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hundreds of asbestos personal injury claimants in the Chapter 11 case of Georgia-Pacific spinoff Bestwall LLC on March 17 appealed an order by a North Carolina federal bankruptcy judge finding them in contempt for not providing complete information to the debtor in a discovery questionnaire.

  • March 23, 2022

    Reinsurer Seeks Preclusion Over Alleged Failure To Make Counterclaim Disclosures

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Asserting that initial disclosures have not yet been provided on counterclaims filed in September 2021 or earlier in a breach of contract dispute over reinsurance billings, a reinsurer on March 18 asked an Alabama federal court to preclude the insurer from presenting evidence and witnesses not already disclosed to support its defenses to those counterclaims.

  • March 22, 2022

    Alameda County Judge Orders Briefing To Clarify Asbestos Genetic Testing Spat

    OAKLAND, Calif. — An Alameda County judge on March 4 issued a tentative ruling asking for more briefing on a protective order seeking to preclude genetic and destructive testing of pathology materials in an asbestos case, protect the chain-of-custody of pathology materials and prevent experts from using those materials in research outside the needs of the case.

  • March 22, 2022

    New York Justice Says Company Must Produce Product Identification Evidence

    NEW YORK — A company must produce product identification evidence, a New York justice said Feb. 24 in affirming an asbestos special master’s recommendation and rejecting arguments that the 40-year span covered by the request would not produce useful or reasonable evidence.

  • March 18, 2022

    Georgia Appeals Court: Mother’s Will Is Privileged, Bank Records Are Not

    ATLANTA — Affirming in part a trial court’s ruling in a dispute between two brothers over their mother’s finances and power of attorney (POA), a Georgia Court of Appeals panel on March 11 agreed that their mother’s will was protected from discovery under the attorney-client privilege.

  • March 18, 2022

    Document Production Must Be Compelled In Fracking Royalty Dispute, Company Says

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A hydraulic fracturing company on March 16 filed a reply brief in Ohio federal court seeking to compel leaseholders to undertake what it calls a “routine, forensically defensible email collection and keyword search” for production of documents in a royalty lawsuit, contending that such an examination is needed because of the “obvious fox/henhouse and metadata corruption issues inherent” in the current approach used by the plaintiffs to this point.

  • March 17, 2022

    Magistrate Judge Refers Asbestos Expert Deposition Conflict To Judge

    NEW ORLEANS — A motion seeking to exclude a certified industrial hygienist’s deposition testimony taken for use at trial is essentially a motion in limine, a magistrate judge said in a March 16 order referring a motion for protective order to the judge who will oversee the asbestos trial.

  • March 16, 2022

    ISP Seeks To Compel Labels To Provide Investigator’s Source Code In Copyright Row

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In reply briefs filed Feb. 2 and 9 in Virginia federal court, internet service provider (ISP) Cox Communications Inc. supports its motions for relief from a $1 billion judgment over its subscribers’ file-sharing activities, seeking discovery of materials revealed in a similar case against another ISP that it says bear directly on the plaintiff record labels’ claims against it.

  • March 15, 2022

    Judge Won’t Reconsider Definition Of Facebook ‘User’ In Gambia’s Quest For Posts

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A District of Columbia federal judge on March 3 denied a petition for reconsideration by the Republic of the Gambia, in which the nation challenged the definition of what constitutes a Facebook “user,” with the judge finding that Meta Platforms Inc. (formerly Facebook Inc.) properly determined that certain posts by officials from the Republic of the Union of Myanmar are protected from disclosure by the Stored Communications Act (SCA) in its refusal to provide them to Gambia for use in an international anti-genocide proceeding.

  • March 14, 2022

    Illinois Appeals Court Affirms Discovery Order For Hospital In Heart Device Case

    CHICAGO — An Illinois appeals court on March 2 affirmed a trial court order that a hospital produce records and answer interrogatories before a plaintiff in a defective heart device case files a certificate of a valid medical malpractice claim.

  • March 14, 2022

    Judge Rules Documents Protected In Reinsurer’s Suit Over Defense And Indemnity

    NEW YORK — Following ex parte review of documents that the plaintiff withheld from production in a dispute over defense and indemnity costs, a New York federal judge on March 3 ruled that attorney-client privilege or the attorney work product doctrine protect all but one and that the defendant “has not made a showing of substantial need and undue hardship.”

  • March 11, 2022

    Parties Dispute Discovery Scope In Reinsurance Interference Row

    LOS ANGELES — Parties in a suit over the alleged mishandling of reinsurance billings laid out a discovery dispute before a California federal court on March 9, with the plaintiffs seeking to compel production regarding claims asserted against a reinsurer and related entities by similarly situated insurance companies, and the defendants arguing that the requests “are completely divorced from” the billings dispute.

  • March 10, 2022

    Judge Won’t Quash Subpoena To Identify Doe Defendant In Downloading Case

    NEW YORK — A John Doe defendant was unsuccessful in his attempt to quash an adult film company’s subpoena on his internet service provider (ISP) to obtain his name and address, with a New York federal judge on March 8 ruling that this “narrow and focused tool of discovery” was appropriate to allow the plaintiff’s copyright infringement claim to proceed while the defendant’s privacy is kept anonymous, for now, by a protective order.

  • March 09, 2022

    Texas High Court Says Nursing Home Policies Outside Suit’s Pre-Report Discovery

    AUSTIN, Texas — A trial court’s order refusing to compel production of a nursing home’s policies and procedures before the plaintiff provided his expert report in a health care liability case against the nursing home was not an abuse of discretion because the nursing home’s policies are “outside the narrow scope of pre-report discovery” allowed in medical liability cases and the appellate court erred in requiring the trial court to “compel production,” the Texas Supreme Court held Feb. 25, conditionally granting the nursing home’s writ of mandamus petition.

  • March 09, 2022

    Judge Allows Deposition Of Former Attorney Over Asbestos-Talc Bottles

    HARRISON, Ark. — Defendants may depose an attorney previously involved in a family’s asbestos case about two bottles of talc she obtained during a visit to their home, the chain of custody of those bottles and whether they are the same bottles that are now in an expert’s possession but should narrowly tailor their questioning, a federal magistrate judge in Arkansas said March 2 after previously sanctioning plaintiffs’ current counsel for a “well-documented pattern of discovery abuses” in a separate order.

  • March 09, 2022

    Judge Rejects Disability Insurer’s Objections To Inclusion Of Therapist’s Letter

    CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — Noting that a disability benefits suit has been going on for far too long, a New York federal judge on Feb. 17 denied a disability insurer’s objections to the inclusion in the record of a letter from a physical therapist who completed the claimant’s functional capacity evaluation and encouraged the parties to consider other approaches to bring the suit to finality.

  • March 09, 2022

    Technical Drawings Production Deemed Relevant In Copyright, Trademark Dispute

    BAY CITY, Mich. — Largely overruling a magistrate’s order in a copyright and trademark lawsuit, in which the discovery process has been described as “tumultuous,” a Michigan federal judge on March 3 ordered the defendant to provide responses to production and interrogatory requests related to thousands of technical drawings, finding them to be relevant to the claims and proportional to the needs of the case.

  • March 09, 2022

    Musk Seeks To Quash SEC Consent Order Over Twitter Posts

    NEW YORK — Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk asked a federal judge in New York on March 8 to quash and terminate a Securities and Exchange Commission subpoena, as well as a Sept. 29, 2018, consent decree he entered into with the SEC on claims that a series of social media posts he made in August stating that he was considering taking the company private violated federal securities laws.

  • March 08, 2022

    Plaintiff Sanctioned For Not Producing Social Media Data In Grocery Store Injury Suit

    LAS VEGAS — Albertson’s LLC on March 3 was partly granted its second sanctions motion for a plaintiff’s failure to produce social media and communication data that the grocery store chain sought related to the plaintiff’s claims of injuries from an in-store incident, with a Nevada federal magistrate judge eschewing dispositive sanctions in favor of establishing certain facts for the upcoming jury trial.

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