eDiscovery Case Law: Judge Peck Stays Defendant’s Production in Da Silva Moore

By: Doug Austin

Yesterday, we discussed the latest event in the eDiscovery case of the year – the defendant’s response opposing the plaintiff’s motion for recusal.  I thought today we would discuss the plaintiffs’ latest objection – to United States District Court Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck's rejection of their request to stay discovery pending the resolution of outstanding motions and objections.  However, news in this case happens quickly.

In a short, one-page order on Monday, Judge Peck issued a stay, stopping defendant MSLGroup's production of electronically stored information in Da Silva Moore v. Publicis Groupe & MSL Group, (Case No. 11-CV-1279).

Here is the content of the order:

“On reconsideration, for the reasons stated at today's conference (see transcript), the Court has granted plaintiffs' request to stay MSL's production of ESI, pending Judge Carter's decision on plaintiffs' motions for collective action certification and to amend their complaint.  Defendants have consented to the stay. Jurisdictional discovery regarding Publicis, and discovery between plaintiff and MSL unrelated to MSL's ESI production, are not stayed.

Plaintiffs' May 9, 2012 objections to my prior denial of the stay (Dkt. No. 190) are moot.”

That’s it – short and sweet (to the plaintiffs, at least).

This came after the plaintiffs filed an objection last Wednesday (May 9) to Judge Peck's rejection of their request to stay discovery pending the resolution of outstanding motions and objections. Those motions include a ruling on the plaintiffs' objections to Judge Peck's dismissal of the plaintiffs' issues associated with discovery with predictive coding, the plaintiffs' motion for Peck to recuse himself from the case and motions for conditional certification of collective action and for leave to file a second amended complaint.

For a brief recap and links to prior events in this highly contentious case, yesterday’s blog post provides background since Judge Peck’s order approving computer-assisted review.

More to come, I’m sure.

So, what do you think?  Will computer-assisted review be derailed in this case after all?  Was Judge Peck right to stay production?  Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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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 jane@litigationbestpractices.com.