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Cooperation, proportionality, and spoliation were the hot topics in electronic discovery in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in 2017. Multiple courts joined in Chief Justice Roberts' plea for cooperation in e-Discovery in his 2015 Year End Report on the Federal Judiciary, with a few even requiring the parties and their attorneys to read the Report before bringing additional discovery motions. On the proportionality front, several courts used the proportionality factors to limit e-Discovery burdens imposed on small businesses. On the spoliation battlefield, e-Discovery sanctions continue to punish bad actors, but there has been a decrease in the issuance of the most severe sanctions.