E-discovery: Resolving issues through a collaborative approach

The Kleen Products parties worked together to significantly truncate the litigation process

Every so often, a court case makes you look at a particular issue in a new way. Northern District of Illinois Magistrate Judge Nan Nolan’s recent decision in Kleen Products LLC v. Packaging Corporation of America is such a case. It demonstrates both the complexity of e-discovery and the ability for the court and the parties involved to work collaboratively from the outset of discovery and resolve issues in an expedited and efficient manner.

Kleen Products originated from a number of class action suits alleging antitrust violations in the containerboard industry brought against Georgia-Pacific LLC, Packaging Corp. of America, International Paper Co., Cascades Canada Inc., Weyerhaeuser Co., Temple-Inland Inc. and Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. The containerboard industry, which produces the principal raw material used to manufacture corrugated products, had been the subject of antitrust lawsuits for decades.

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Martin O'Hara

Martin J. O’Hara is principal and vice chair in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution group at Chicago-based Much Shelist, and represents clients on commercial...

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