The ethical and legal basis for subjecting counsel to discipline or liability for failing to initiate or implement litigation holds in connection with ESI exists. Recent important cases, while not imposing discipline or liability on counsel, have continued to lay the ground work for such liability. ...Cases in which counsel are held liable for damages to their clients or subject to discipline for failing to comply with well established ESI discovery obligations will not be long in coming as the new approach to winning litigation through discovery continues to develop.
Crystal, Nathan M.
"Ethical Responsibility and Legal Liability of Lawyers for Failure to Institute or Monitor Litigation Holds,"
Akron Law Review: Vol. 43
, Article 4.
Available at: http://ideaexchange.uakron.edu/akronlawreview/vol43/iss3/4