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  • Sisters
    Legal Updates

    We Are Family – I’ve Got All My Sisters’ Discovery Obligations and Me

    “We are family.” If you are like many people, you can’t read those words without singing them. Unlike the joyous refrains of Sister Sledge, however, the idea of family may take on a more ominous tone when viewed in the context of familial corporate relationships and the obligation to preserve and/or produce electronically-stored documents or information in litigation. In today’s digital world, related corporate entities may share email servers or electronic databases or jointly engage agents to process or store their electronic data. The use of shared administrative or other departments may further cause the commingling of access to various corporate electronic data repositories. As technical advancements increase and further ease the flow of data between related companies, the question arises what discovery obligations a company may have to preserve or produce its affiliate’s electronic data in litigation to which the related entity is not a party.

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    The Duty to Preserve Evidence May Begin Before Formal Notice of Litigation

    The preservation of, or failure to preserve, ESI in a litigation context provides ample opportunities for counsel to stumble and is a fertile area of case law. In this blog we will look at Hollis v. CEVA Logistics U.S., Inc., No. 19 CV 50135, (N.D. Ill. May 19, 2022), an interesting little case in which the Court found that a curative jury instruction was warranted in a matter where the defendant CEVA failed to preserve video evidence of an altercation between the plaintiff Hollis and another employee which resulted in Hollis’s termination. This case is instructive in that it discusses in some detail the  “five threshold requirements” (Hollis, at 2) to impose remedies for failure to preserve ESI under Fed.R.Civ.P. 37(e) as well as the issues of intent to deprive plaintiff of the evidence and of prejudice to the plaintiff. The case is particularly interesting, however, in that it illustrates the potential difficulties in recognizing when a duty to preserve arises, particularly with respect to short-lived, ephemeral evidence that is destroyed or overwritten well before formal litigation commences.

  • Hybrid Work
    Legal Updates

    The Evolution of the Hybrid Workplace

    The workplace was permanently altered in March 2020, when an unprecedented global pandemic uprooted the traditional ways that companies thought and operated. What was initially expected to be a momentary pause in normal operations became a multi-year endeavor to adapt to and overcome ever-changing circumstances. Successful workplaces evolved to meet these circumstances by innovating, collaborating, and creating a new, better environment for its clients and its employees, ushering in the future of the hybrid workplace. The hybrid workplace is being adopted in many professions as a direct result of the pandemic, creating the ability to work just as well remotely as in-person, and providing employees and clients with even more benefits.