For those litigators interested in the latest e-discovery developments (which should be all litigators), I recommend the article appearing today on the E-Discovery Law Blog here about an imbroglio playing out in San Francisco federal court involving the Oracle Corp. securities class action. E-discovery of audio data (think: voicemails) are at the cutting edge of discovery that all good lawyers should learn about.
The dispute involves relevant audio files that appear to have vanished. One of the issues is whether a party to a suit has an obligation to alert non-parties to save evidence. See In re Oracle Securities Litigation, No. C01-988MJJ. See generally, In re Oracle Derivative Litigation, 867 A.2d 904 (Del. Ch. 2004).