Conflicts Between GDPR and U.S. Discovery Rules: Navigating the Privacy-Protection Law Catch-22
Strategies for Avoiding and Mitigating Conflicting Obligations Between U.S. and Local Law
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE webinar will guide litigators in managing high-stakes clashes between U.S. discovery obligations and foreign privacy protection laws, primarily the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The panel will discuss the growing importance of foreign privacy laws in U.S. litigation, current approaches to privacy law objections to U.S. discovery, and strategies for navigating the irreconcilable duties under GDPR and U.S. discovery rules.
- The growing importance of GDPR in U.S. litigation
- Foreign privacy law objections in U.S. discovery
- Societe Nationale Industrielle Aerospatiale v. U.S. Dist. Court for the S. Dist. of Iowa, 482 U.S. 522 (1987)
- Hague Conventions
- Schrems II decision
- Vesuvius USA Corp. v. Phillips, cert. denied, 141 S.Ct. 2627 (2021)
- Strategies for navigating the conflict
The panel will discuss these and other key issues:
- Who is governed by GDPR?
- What other GDPR-like laws create similar concerns abroad and in the United States?
- Does the location of data or individuals matter?
- Who is governed by U.S. discovery rules, and who can be compelled to produce data?
- What are the consequences of transgressing GDPR? U.S. discovery obligations?
- What can litigants and their counsel do to minimize the risks?
Anna Mercado Clark
As leader of Phillips Lytle’s Data Security & Privacy and E-Discovery & Digital Forensics Practice Teams,... | Read More
As leader of Phillips Lytle’s Data Security & Privacy and E-Discovery & Digital Forensics Practice Teams, Ms. Clark focuses on complex e-discovery and digital forensics, cybersecurity and data privacy, and complex commercial litigation. As a former Assistant District Attorney, she also handles white collar criminal matters and investigations. Additionally, Ms. Clark has been awarded the following ANSI-accredited credentials by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP): Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E); Certified Information Privacy Professional for the U.S. Private Sector (CIPP/US); and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM). CIPP/E and CIPP/US are preeminent certifications for advanced concentration in European data protection laws and U.S. private-sector laws, standards and practices, respectively. The CIPM certification recognizes Ms. Clark’s ability to design, build and operate data privacy management programs that are compliant with privacy laws and regulations. Ms. Clark has also been designated as a Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP). The FIP designation signifies that she has demonstrated her comprehensive knowledge of privacy laws, privacy program management and essential data protection practices with significant data security and privacy experience in these areas. Ms. Clark is among a select group of individuals around the world who have received this designation.Close
David R. Cohen
Mr. Cohen is the chair of the firm’s Records & E-Discovery Group. He has 30 years of commercial litigation... | Read More
Mr. Cohen is the chair of the firm’s Records & E-Discovery Group. He has 30 years of commercial litigation experience in a variety of subject matters. Mr. Cohen serves as special e-discovery counsel in many cases, represents companies in complex litigation matters, and also counsels clients on records management and litigation readiness issues. In addition, Mr. Cohen has designed and presented e-discovery training programs for judges and neutrals around the country; has authored numerous legal publications; and is a frequent presenter at continuing legal education seminars regarding e-discovery, technology and litigation tactics.Close
With experience working as in-house counsel in the tech and media industries before joining Reed Smith,... | Read More
With experience working as in-house counsel in the tech and media industries before joining Reed Smith, Ms. Ibraimova understands how businesses operate and the demands placed on in-house lawyers. Her focus is on providing practical, commercial advice that enables businesses to thrive. Ms. Ibraimova advises on data transfer solutions, representing both data controllers and processors, data breach and cybersecurity incident responses, and data commercialization and product launches. She also advises on technology transactions and complex outsourcing arrangements.Close