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Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Holds Hearing On Proposed Changes To Federal Rules Governing Discovery

Posted in Motions Practice

In practice, the most significant change in modern litigation has been the dramatic increase in electronic discovery costs. As the amount of electronically stored information has skyrocketed over the past two decades, the burden on parties (chiefly businesses) to retain, review, and produce that information in litigation has exponentially increased as well. Recognizing that reality,… Continue Reading

Court Allows Employer Discovery Into Whether EEOC Actually Investigated Before Filing Discrimination Suit

Posted in Employment

A quick tip to employers facing class actions brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)—don’t forget about the EEOC’s statutory duty to investigate the claim before filing suit. Before the EEOC may file a lawsuit, an employee must have made a timely charge of discrimination of which the EEOC timely notified the employer and… Continue Reading

Nip A Class Action In The Bud By Moving To Strike the Class Allegations

Posted in Class Certification, Motions Practice

One of the reasons that companies hate class actions is that, win or lose, the defense costs are often enormous. Usually, it’s discovery that leads to eye-popping numbers on the bills—whether from law firms themselves, contract attorneys, or e-discovery vendors. But defendants have an often overlooked tool for attempting to avoid costs related to discovery—the… Continue Reading

How Can Class Action Defendants Control E-Discovery Costs?

Posted in Class Action Trends, Motions Practice

My colleague Anthony Diana publishes monthly tips for businesses seeking to navigate the shoals of modern document-preservation and e-discovery practice. Readers of the blog might be particular interested in the column on strategies for businesses that have been targeted by class actions. Past tips that might be of particular interest to class-action defendants include: Reducing… Continue Reading

Federal Court Grants Motion to Strike Class Allegations in TCPA Case

Posted in Ascertainability, Class Certification, Motions Practice

We’re big fans of filing an early motion to strike class allegations when it’s apparent from the pleadings that the class definition is fatally flawed. Why should a defendant be forced to submit to the wringer of class discovery before taking a swing at defeating class certification? A recent case involving Office Depot illustrates the… Continue Reading

How Much Discovery From Opt-Ins in FLSA Collective Actions Should Businesses Seek?

Posted in Class Certification, Employment, Motions Practice

A recent federal court decision has addressed the knotty issue of a defendant’s right to discovery in an FLSA collective action from the individuals who opt into the class after it is conditionally certified but before the court decides whether to grant final certification. The case, Scott v. Bimbo Bakeries, USA, Inc. (pdf), No. 10-3154 (E.D…. Continue Reading