Electronic Discovery Law
Court Orders Forensic Inspection of Personal Computer in Trade Secrets Case
AutoNation, Inc. v. Hatfield, 2006 WL 60547 (Fla. Cir. Ct. Jan. 4, 2006)
In connection with its order granting temporary injunctive relief based upon the defendant's alleged theft of trade secrets, the court ordered the forensic inspection of a personal computer:
Within thirty (30) days Hatfield unless and until further ordered by the Court, shall make Julie Anderson's personal computer available to AutoNation so its contents can be examined by a forensic computer expert to determine whether the emails Hatfield sent to Ms. Anderson's email address have been forwarded or otherwise altered or used, and to determine whether any other AutoNation material exists on the computer. The forensic expert is authorized to copy any AutoNation material on the computer, including the January 26, 2005 emails, and to then delete all AutoNation material from the computer. Hatfield and Anderson are authorized to have an independent forensic expert available and in attendance at the inspection.
K&L Gates includes lawyers practicing out of more than 40 fully integrated offices located in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East, and represents numerous GLOBAL 500, FORTUNE 100, and FTSE 100 corporations, in addition to growth and middle market companies, entrepreneurs, capital market participants and public sector entities. For more information about K&L Gates or its locations and registrations, visit www.klgates.com.
Portions of this Web site may contain Attorney Advertising under the rules of some states. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
e-Discovery Analysis & Technology group at K&L Gates, offering services related to ediscovery, review of electronic documents, electronic discovery and electronic evidence discovery.
K&L Gates LLP
925 Fourth Avenue, Suite 2900, Seattle, Washington 98104-1158
p. 206.623.7580, f. 206.623.7022