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Using an Anton Piller order to preserve electronic evidence

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 @ 9:53 AM | By Mark Abradjian

Once viewed as an “extreme” measure only to be used in the “most exceptional circumstances,” Anton Piller orders (essentially a court order that allows someone to search premises and seize evidence) are now more commonly issued not only in intellectual property and trade secret disputes, but also in civil and commercial matters, employment litigation and even matrimonial cases.

 In Canada, their use can be traced back to the 1982 case of Bardeau Ltd. v. Crown Food Services Equipment Ltd. Their growing prevalence over the last three decades...