Scanning Paper Makes the Production ESI And Not a Document

Anderson Living Trust v. WPX Energy Prod., LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31025, 3-4 (D.N.M. Mar. 6, 2014), is a detailed review of production requirements under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure Rule 34(b)(2)(E). The crux of the case centered on whether scanning paper documents to PDF’s made the discovery “electronically[…]

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Hands-on eDiscovery: California Seminar on Responding to Discovery Requests

I had the good fortune to organize a seminar on responding to electronic discovery requests for the Santa Clara County Bar Association’s Civil Practice Committee on February 27, 2013. However, this seminar was different from other eDiscovery CLE’s, because the attendees spent a full hour conducting searches for responsive ESI[…]

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Printing ESI & Scanning It Is Not OK

In Indep. Mktg. Group v. Keen, the Defendant-Requesting Party requested the corporate Plaintiff conduct targeted searches with specific key words on specific custodians on the Plaintiff’s server.  Indep. Mktg. Group v. Keen, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7702 (M.D. Fla. Jan. 24, 2012). The Plaintiff produced one multiple page PDF without[…]

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Smile for the Discovery Production

In a dispute between a photographer and an educational textbook publisher, the Plaintiff sough the production of a definition list to the Defendants’ database abbreviations.  Bean v. John Wiley & Sons, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4900, 1-3 (D. Ariz. Jan. 17, 2012). The Defendants’ sales, printing and distribution database was[…]

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Form of Production: (Almost) Anyway You Want It

A Plaintiff in an age discrimination case requested ESI be produced in native format.  Linnebur v. United Tel. Ass’n, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88456 (D. Kan. Aug. 10, 2011). The Defendants did not assert any objections, but produced the responsive ESI as PDF’s.  Linnebur, at 3. The ESI at issue[…]

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Exotic Apples: Solutions in Collecting & Processing Apple ESI

My friend Charlie Kaupp at Digital Strata brought the following issue to me: There is an increasingly prevalent amount of Apple ESI found in corporate environments, especially among executives, engineering, and marketing groups. Most review platforms do not handle large portions of Apple ESI, including: Mac email (Entourage, Outlook 2011,[…]

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A PDF Production is Not How a Native File is Ordinarily Maintained

In a production dispute over native files, Magistrate Judge Paul Cherry shows us (again) that producing native files as non-searchable PDF’s does not comply with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure Rule 34. Jannx Med. Sys. v. Methodist Hosps., Inc., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 122574 (N.D. Ind. Nov. 17, 2010).  Federal Rule[…]

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