Part of the Solution

Idealistic musings about eDiscovery

If ESI Isn’t Inaccessible, Better Speak Up

I don’t know if I’m more impressed that the author’s name is “Gary Discovery”, or that the ESI_logo[1]wisdom contained in his note is so cogent, but this author cites a new Pennsylvania case in which the judge presumed ESI to be inaccessible where neither party contended otherwise. In this case, the result was that the costs of production shifted to the requesting party.

The requesting party should submit to the court that the ESI sought is accessible to avoid both a presumption of inaccessibility and the possibility of cost-shifting.  Requesting parties should not leave it up to the producing party to bear the burden of showing that the ESI is inaccessible because the courts are now willing to presume this finding if neither party contends otherwise.
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