European Union Discovery Presents Compliance Headaches for U.S. Litigants

February 5, 2018

Reprinted with permission from The Legal Intelligencer, February 5, 2018.

Discovery of personal data held in the European Union (EU) has been an issue that has bedeviled U.S. litigants for some time. On the one hand, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that discovery of foreign documents is not barred by foreign privacy law. On the other hand, EU privacy regulators have threatened enforcement actions against U.S. companies that don't take proper steps to protect EU personal data in discovery. The result is that U.S. lawyers and litigants are often caught in a Catch 22 with regard to foreign discovery, forced to choose between sanctions by a U.S. court for failure to conduct discovery or sanctions from an EU regulator for conducting such discovery. Read More.

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