New FREE legal search system

The co-founder of the world’s first legal information website will be heading a project to improve digital access to federal legislative information. Thomas Bruce, an ABA Journal Legal Rebel, helped Cornell Law School put legal information online before the World Wide Web even existed. He is director of the school’s Legal Information Institute, a nonprofit … Continue reading

Fewer E-discovery sanctions in courts

The year just ended was an extraordinarily interesting one in the e-discovery area. Highlights included: There were increasing calls for reform of the discovery process as it relates to electronically stored information (“ESI”). Competing views of the standards that should apply to sanctions and preservation clashed in the high-profile Pension Committee, Rimkus, and Victor Stanley … Continue reading

eDiscovery Compliance in the Cloud

“Cloud Computing will be a disruptive technology that will ultimately change the face of computing,” with a market approaching $300 billion over the next five years, according to recent research from the Market Intel Group. The seemingly unstoppable migration of data to the “cloud” is undoubtedly due to numerous financial benefits, particularly for small and … Continue reading

E-Discovery Sanctions Reach All-Time High for Litigants and Lawyers

E-discovery sanctions have reached an all-time high after three decades of litigation over alleged discovery wrongdoing, and lawyers are increasingly being targeted. A study of federal decisions by three King & Spalding lawyers identified 30 cases in which attorneys were sanctioned for e-discovery violations, seven of them in 2009, according to a summary on the … Continue reading

Ex-Con Allegedly Worked as Bogus Lawyer for 5 Years, Likely Watched TV Legal Dramas to Hone Skills

A convicted burglar allegedly passed himself off as an Illinois lawyer and represented paying clients for at least five years before finally being caught when a court clerk in suburban Chicago recognized him and blew the whistle. Held in contempt last month and jailed after being accused of representing clients in dozens of Illinois cases, … Continue reading

Fourth Amendment challanged before Supreme Court

Police smelling marijuana coming from behind an apartment door can enter the home without a warrant in some instances, some U.S. Supreme Court Justices said. The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday heard arguments that could have Fourth Amendment implications, The Washington Post reported. The Kentucky Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Hollis King, saying police didn’t … Continue reading

9th Circuit punts federal Prop 8 case to California Supreme Court

The federal case against California’s Proposition 8 took an odd turn Jan. 4 when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals punted the case to the California Supreme Court. The federal court pronounced itself confused about whether the people who put Prop 8 on the ballot have legal “standing” to be at the federal appeals … Continue reading

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