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E - Discovery Federal Rules 2006 Alabama Rules February 2010 –Scope of duty to preserve electronic evidence during course of litigation –Sanctions for.

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1 E - Discovery Federal Rules 2006 Alabama Rules February 2010 –Scope of duty to preserve electronic evidence during course of litigation –Sanctions for the spoliation (or destruction) of electronic evidence

2 E - Discovery Not under control of single user Rarely can be destroyed without tell-tale signs Resides everywhere –Laptops, office pcs, network servers, enterprise content and records management systems, thumb drives, PDAs, CD, DVDs, MP3 players, all phones, etc….

3 Questions at Deposition When and how did you learn about this lawsuit? Did anyone tell you to preserve electronic data related to this lawsuit? Have you deleted any files from your computer that might have been related to this lawsuit? Have you deleted any files from your computer at all? How did you check to see whether they were relevant? How do you use , voic , internet posting, list serves? with outside parties?

4 “ I missed the diagnosis at the time thinking the problem was his pre-existing …… aggravated by a more recent …… injury. My clinic note is sketchy and I can’t figure out what I was thinking or what I did.”“ I missed the diagnosis at the time thinking the problem was his pre-existing …… aggravated by a more recent …… injury. My clinic note is sketchy and I can’t figure out what I was thinking or what I did.” ….”yet another patient incident last night involving ______ unit; the staff have no idea what they are doing, they are going to kill someone if something is not done!” ….”yet another patient incident last night involving ______ unit; the staff have no idea what they are doing, they are going to kill someone if something is not done!” …”we violated EMTALA last night…..” …”we violated EMTALA last night…..”

5 Think Twice About What You Write transmissions monitored Someone can print, copy, circulate or send to all users Keep it factual Include only information acceptable in a public arena is NOT privileged

6 No Flaming Flaming: verbal nastiness, venting emotion and in general being deriding or demeaning to or about others. Count to ten rule Don’t rashly—without thinking—spill your feelings into an . Once you hit send button…no getting it back Be sure what is write is something you would say in person

7 Is the Best Medium? Depending on its –Length –Sensitivity –Possibility of misinterpretation –Potential for discoverability (quality assurance) Phone, face to face may be better choice Personal …use a personal account –All s on CHS system are property of CHS


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