E-Discovery Case Law Update: Spring 2020's Most Interesting Cases

E-Discovery Case Law Update: Spring 2020's Most Interesting Cases

For the last several years, the world of e-discovery has been evolving; pushed in new directions by ever-growing requirements to more effectively manage ESI and personal data. As new consumer data privacy regulations launch, they change the way businesses manage their data—which affects e-discovery and makes it more likely that we’ll see interesting disputes arising from these regulations. Sure enough, the first quarter of 2020 saw the first of what promises to be many cases involving new privacy laws, including the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) making its way into a U.S. e-discovery dispute.

But other disputes involving data—including requests for text messages, and deciding which third-party communications are “privileged”—ended with rulings that enforced the need for proportionality in e-discovery and a more narrow definition of privilege in legal communications. Let’s take a look at the most interesting cases from Spring 2020.

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