Significant Ruling Shifts $750K to Plaintiff
In the second half of 2020, Kansas Magistrate Judge Angel D. Mitchell issued a novel and significant ruling to shift more than $750,000 in electronic discovery costs to the plaintiff in Lawson v. Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. The U.S. District Court of Kansas’ potentially precedent-setting application of Rule 26(c)(1)(B) in the decision came after the defendant, Spirit AeroSystems, demonstrated that the plaintiff’s discovery requests constituted “undue burden and expense.”
This interpretation of the 2015 amendments to the FRCP makes the ruling one of the more significant pieces of recent eDiscovery case law.
Read on to learn exactly how Legility's senior consultants and data and technology teams worked with in-house and outside counsel to demonstrate the reasonableness of Spirit's efforts to the court to secure this significant win.
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Detailed summary of this precedent-setting case
The teams, technology, and strategy involved in the matter
Defensible eDiscovery best practices and takeaways
Rare Cost-Shifting Decision Illustrates Power of Defensible eDiscovery Strategy covers the most significant ruling since Zubulake in depth: What was at stake, how Legility worked together with Spirit's in-house counsel & outside counsel, and the lasting implications the case will have on legal precedent.
Spirit v Lawson is the most significant ruling since Zubulake
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Collaboration with Legility's senior consultants and data & technology teams were critical components of demonstrating the reasonableness of Spirit's efforts, and the unreasonableness of Lawson's discovery requests.
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The combination of review of random samples as well as review of proposed search terms provided comprehensive insights into data. Iterative process improvements and choosing the right technology played crucial roles in the matter's successful outcome for Legility's client.