Jeane A. Thomas is co-chair of the firm’s E-Discovery & Information Management Group and a partner in Crowell & Moring’s Antitrust Group. In her role with the E-Discovery practice, Ms. Thomas has managed many types of E-Discovery matters in both government investigations and private litigation. She regularly counsels clients on Litigation Readiness Planning, including the development and application of effective information management policies and legal hold practices, as well as E-Discovery response plans. Ms. Thomas is a participating member of The Sedona Conference Working Group 1 on Electronic Document Retention and Production and Working Group 6 on International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure, and co-chairs Working Group 1’s Healthcare Team. She is also a member of the Advisory Board and Faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center Advanced Institute for E-Discovery. She regularly speaks and writes on U.S. and transnational E-Discovery issues.
By Jeane A. Thomas on Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security,Information Management,PrivacyInformation Governance” has become a popular buzzword in the data law and management space, and it means much more than electronic records management on steroids. It encompasses data security, privacy, information management and e-discovery, and particularly the intersection and synergy of these functions to form an integrated and coordinated approach to managing an organization’s data… Continue Reading
By Jeane A. Thomas on Posted in Preservation,Sanctions,SpoliationIt can be difficult to identify the point at which the duty to preserve relevant information for litigation is triggered. What is often more difficult, however, is defining the scope of what must be preserved after the duty has been triggered. Given the vast (and growing) volume of electronically stored information (ESI) typically maintained, organizations… Continue Reading
By Jeane A. Thomas on Posted in Preservation,Sanctions,SpoliationWe all know that discovery is never perfect, particularly when it involves the collection, review and production of large volumes of electronically stored information. But when is discovery good enough? And what standards should govern when one party challenges another party’s production as deficient? These are extremely difficult issues for courts to resolve and, not… Continue Reading
By Jeane A. Thomas and Justin P. Murphy on Posted in Government Agencies,RulesWith the increased importance of e-discovery in litigation and investigations, many federal district courts and government agencies have enacted specific rules, forms, or other guidance addressing the discovery of electronically stored information (ESI) and governing the conduct of practitioners as it relates to ESI. To help you keep informed of these rules, regulations, and guidelines… Continue Reading
By Jeane A. Thomas on Posted in Government Agencies,Privilege/Rule 502,RulesOn October 5, 2012, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) published proposed amendments to its rules of procedure that would limit e-discovery and provide guidance regarding the assertion of privilege claims in Section 337 proceedings. The goal of the proposed amendments “is to reduce expensive, inefficient, unjustified, or unnecessary discovery practices in agency proceedings while… Continue Reading
By Jeane A. Thomas on Posted in PreservationIn a ruling that could have a widespread impact on the employment law landscape, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently ruled that KPMG LLP, defendant in a suit alleging FLSA and NY state class action claims, is required to preserve electronically stored information relating to all potential plaintiffs, at… Continue Reading