Posts Categorized: Discovery/Disclosure

Posted: January 10, 2019

Court Imposes Preclusion Sanction on Defendant for Spoliation of Evidence

On December 21, 2018, Justice Ramos of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in China Dev. Indus. Bank v. Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op. 33385(U), imposing a preclusion sanction on a defendant for spoliation of evidence, explaining: Under the common law doctrine of spoliation, dismissal is appropriate where key... Read more »

Posted: November 4, 2018

Party Sanctioned for Excessive Attorneys’ Eyes Only Designations

On October 18, 2018, Justice Masley of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Callsome Solutions Inc. v. Google, Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op. 32716(U), sanctioning a party for making excessive attorneys’ eyes only confidentiality designations, explaining: Our court system is dependent on all parties engaged in litigation abiding by the rules of... Read more »

Posted: October 26, 2018

First Department Affirms Conditional Order Striking Complaint

On October 18, 2018, a unanimous First Department panel affirmed a series of decisions by Justice Eileen Bransten of the New York County Commercial Division in Anderson & Anderson LLP-Guangzhou v North Am. Foreign Trading Corp., 2018 NY Slip Op 06971. Although the primary question before the court was Justice Bransten’s ruling enforcing a conditional... Read more »

Posted: August 6, 2018

Party Waives Work Product Protection By Voluntarily Producing Documents to SEC

On July 25, 2018, Justice Masley of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Antipodean Dom. Partners, L.P. v. Clovis Oncology, Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op. 31812(U), holding that a party had waived work product protection by voluntarily producing documents to the SEC, explaining: Generally, voluntary disclosure of privileged communication waives privilege... Read more »

Posted: May 12, 2018

IAS Court Did Not Err in Striking Defendants’ Pleadings as a Discovery Sanction

On May 10, 2018, the First Department issued a decision in Rosengarten v. Born, 2018 NY Slip Op. 03465, affirming the striking of defendants’ pleadings as a discovery sanction, explaining: The motion court’s decision to strike, based on a finding that defendants’ conduct with respect to its discovery obligations was willful and contumacious and without... Read more »

Posted: March 8, 2018

Standard Policy Forms May Serve as Secondary Evidence of a Lost Policy’s Terms

On February 26, 2018, United States Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder of the WDNY issued a decision in American Precision Indus., Inc. v. Federal Ins. Co., Case No. 14-CV-1050-RJA-HKS, holding that an insured could obtain discovery of standard forms used by the insurer as “secondary evidence” of a lost insurance policy’s terms. An insurance policy... Read more »