Da Silva Moore v. Publicis Groupe SA, No. 11 Civ. 1279 (ALC) (AJP) (S.D.N.Y.)
As expected, on March 19, 2012, plaintiffs in this case filed their Reply in Support of Rule 72(a) Objection to Magistrate Judge Peck’s February 8, 2012 Discovery Rulings. In it, plaintiffs summarize their arguments as follows:
Extrajudicial activities aside, what should matter is whether MSL’s Method will ensure that MSL fulfills its obligations under Rule 26 to produce reasonable discovery. Here, the answer is a resounding no. Judge Peck’s adoption of MSL’s Method was contrary to law and/or clearly erroneous for two main reasons. First, Judge Peck adopted MSL’s Method on an insufficient record; Judge Peck failed to hold an evidentiary hearing or obtain expert testimony as to its reliability and accuracy. Second, MSL’s Method fails to meet basic standards for reliability; the protocol risks failing to capture up to 65% of the documents material to Plaintiffs’ case. Accordingly, Plaintiffs respectfully request that the Court reverse Judge Peck’s ESI rulings.
In support of their position, plaintiffs also filed declarations from their attorney, Siham Nurhussein, and their expert in this case, Paul J. Neale. All that remains now is for District Court Judge Andrew Carter, Jr. to issue his ruling, which will be reported on this blog when it becomes available.