How does your organization manage retention plans requiring purging of information including structured data? You might answer that question by saying: What is structured data? I don’t know We just keep all our structured data Does your current retention plan apply to structured data? Again, you might answer that question by saying: Of course, [...]
Earlier this month Pacific Gas & Electric Company was found by a jury not guilty of 6 counts of knowingly failing to keep accurate records. The company was convicted on several other counts including the failure to gather information on its pipelines and on obstructing a federal investigation into the 2010 blast that killed eight [...]
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), a California utility, may well find itself featured in those "don't be like" commercials. You know the ones where that guy makes poor decisions (such as choosing cable television instead of the competitor) that leads to a series of disasters. In PG&E's case, rather than waking up in a ditch, [...]
EID Principal, Robert Blatt and US District Courts, Steve Levenson were presenters at the annual conference for the County Recorders’ Association of California and California Association of Clerks and Election Officials. The seminar participants learned the best strategies to meet the goal for managing and storing of electronic records. One strategy is to implement standard [...]
The authenticity of electronic records is becoming as important as capturing and maintaining electronic content. Questions have been arising in lawsuits and criminal prosecutions about whether electronic records are reliable and trustworthy.
EID principal Robert Blatt and Senior Legal Consultant Jo Dunlap were joined by Steve Levenson to jointly present a Academy session on “Storing and Managing Official Electronic Records” The focus of the presentation was to assist annual conference attendees understand how to best approach tackling the topic of “knowing where your records are.”
Records out of control? Do you have too many electronic copies of one document so you don’t know which version is the latest? You know you want (and need) to fix it, but how do you start? Where to start is actually easy. Begin with an assessment to determine exactly where your records are and [...]
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That type of “adverse inference” instruction could easily tip the balance of the entire litigation. So, beware. Failure to maintain all the records of your organization whenever there is a reasonable anticipation that litigation will ensue can seriously damage even the best of cases.
Cost-shifting in federal E-Discovery cases after a party prevails has hit a significant road-bump in the federal courts under the Fourth and Third Circuits Court of Appeals. Both appellate courts have now held that the costs available under 28 U.S.C. sec. 1920(4) are limited to the actual costs of making copies of records — not all the activity leading up to the copy.