Update (May 1, 2015): Minnesota Litigator missed a March 2015 development in the e-discovery quagmire covered in earlier Minnesota Litigator posts (below).
E-discovery vendor/Plaintiff Kroll Ontrack failed to win its case on summary judgment, which is based on $700,000 worth of e-discovery work for which Kroll was not paid. (U.S. District Court Judge Donovan W. Frank’s opinion denying Kroll’s motion for summary judgment is here.) The case is apparently headed for trial but not starting on May 11, as the Court ordered. A May 11 start for trial would have interfered with Defendant Devon IT’s lead counsel’s scheduled vacation. Apparently, trial is not stressful enough for Devon IT’s lead counsel; it looks like he might be going to Disney World for a week instead. He is far braver than I. (And I also think it is noteworthy that the court system, while it can be demanding on lawyers, can and does also cut them some slack from time to time.)
Update (June 18, 2014) (under headline: Lawyers: What is Worse Than Not Having Enough Work to Do?): Having a huge amount of work to do in a case in which your law firm’s costs are in the millions of dollars and your client refuses to pay you because you entered into a terrible fixed fee arrangement with them.