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This Week in eDiscovery: Ruling Says Hyperlinks Aren’t Traditional Attachments, Sedona Conference’s Commentary on Privilege Logs and More

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Every week, the Array team reviews the latest news and analysis about the evolving field of eDiscovery to bring you the topics and trends you need to know. This week’s post covers the week of May 27-June 2. Here’s what’s happening.

Another Court Grants Defense Motion Modifying Production of Hyperlinked Documents

Last week we wrote about a judge granting a defense motion to amend the ESI Order in the case in re StubHub Refund Litigation to remove the requirement that hyperlinked documents must be produced as if they were attachments to emails. Now this motion has been cited, successfully, by the defense in re Insulin Pricing Litigation.

In StubHub, after stipulating to a requirement to produce hyperlinked documents as if they were attached to emails, the defense provided good cause as to why it couldn’t comply with the order and moved for relief. In Insulin Pricing Litigation, the defense and plaintiffs couldn’t agree on several ESI issues, including hyperlinks.

The plaintiffs argued to U.S. Magistrate Judge Rukhsanah L. Singh that a producing party should produce linked documents with any affiliated family group. The defendants contended that would be technologically infeasible, would conflict with ESI protocols for prior insulin pricing cases, and would create undue and disproportionate burdens.

Singh agreed with the defense, writing “hyperlinks are not the same as traditional attachments,” citing Nichols v. Noom Inc., and adopted the defendants’ proposed language regarding family relationships and hyperlinks in the ESI Protocol. Singh also said the parties shall meet and confer as to the feasibility and burden of applying the commercially available tools to collect hyperlinks as family attachments for parties other than Defendants that would be subject to the ESI Protocol.

While the StubHub and Insulin matters show that parties can seek relief from courts if they lack a technological solution to collect hyperlinked documents like traditional attachments, eDiscovery partners like Array have methods and techniques to manage the challenges and complexities of modern attachments and tackle production requests.

Commentary on Privilege Logs

The Sedona Conference recently published its post-public comment version of its Commentary on Privilege Logs, which is available for a free download.

According to the authors, the primary conclusions include:

  • addressing format, timing, and anticipated issues early in the case to help reduce costly discovery disputes later;
  • excluding certain categories of documents from the logging process;
  • considering whether alternative formats to a “traditional” privilege log might be appropriate to the specific needs of the case;
  • affirming that the burden is on the responding party to support its privilege claims; and
  • recognizing that the concept of proportionality is integral to the privilege logging process.

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