Another Busy Year Shaping Up for Mergers and Acquisitions: eDiscovery Trends

By: Doug Austin

One of the trends that most thought leaders that we interviewed in our annual thought leader interview series this year identified was that the eDiscovery provider market was finally consolidating and the pace of mergers and acquisitions was accelerating. So far this year, that trend is proving true.

Court Assesses $3 Million Punitive Sanction to Defendant for “Bad Faith” Deletion of Emails: eDiscovery Case Law

By: Doug Austin

In GN Netcom, Inc. v. Plantronics, Inc., Delaware District Judge Leonard P. Stark, finding a high degree of fault, bad-faith intent to deprive the plaintiff of responsive documents and prejudice caused to the plaintiff's case, imposed several sanctions against the defendant, including “punitive sanctions in the amount of $3,000,000” for the “intentional and admitted deletion of emails” by the defendant's Senior Vice President of Sales.

We Are Family, I Got All My Attachments and Me: eDiscovery Best Practices

By: Doug Austin

OK, I know that’s not how the classic Sister Sledge song goes, but I’m such an eDiscovery geek that every time I think of that song these days, I think of keeping email and attachment families together. One of the most common mistakes that I see clients make is that they forget to account for complete “families” in their email productions, which leads to an incomplete production to opposing counsel.

Court Rules Government’s Use of Stingray to Locate Suspect Was Unwarranted: eDiscovery Case Law

By: Doug Austin

In United States v. Lambis, New York District Judge William H. Pauley, III granted the defendant’s motion to suppress evidence obtained by law enforcement agents in connection with a search of his apartment because the apartment was located via the use of a “Stingray” cell-site simulator to identify the location of the defendant’s phone without a warrant.



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About the Bloggers

Brad Jenkins

Brad Jenkins, President and CEO of CloudNine Discovery, has over 20 years of experience leading customer focused companies in the litigation support arena. Brad has authored many articles on litigation support issues, and has spoken before national audiences on document management practices and solutions.

Doug Austin

Doug Austin, Professional Services Manager for CloudNine Discovery, has over 20 years experience providing legal technology consulting and technical project management services to numerous commercial and government clients. Doug has also authored several articles on eDiscovery best practices.

Jane Gennarelli

Jane Gennarelli is a principal of Magellan’s Law Corporation and has been assisting litigators in effectively handling discovery materials for over 30 years. She authored the company’s Best Practices in a Box™ content product and assists firms in applying technology to document handling tasks. She is a known expert and often does webinars and presentations for litigation support professionals around the country. Jane can be reached by email at