Archive: October 15, 2008

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Court Allows Subpoena Seeking Inspection of Plaintiff’s Mother’s Laptop, but Orders Defendant to Prepare Search Protocol and Pay Her Reasonable Costs

Court Allows Subpoena Seeking Inspection of Plaintiff’s Mother’s Laptop, but Orders Defendant to Prepare Search Protocol and Pay Her Reasonable Costs

Hoover v. Fla. Hydro, Inc., 2008 WL 4467661 (E.D. La. 2008)

In this breach of contract case, Hoover moved to quash subpoenas issued by defendant to two non-parties:  Hoover’s mother and Hoover’s former roommate. The subpoena issued to Hoover’s mother requested inspection of her laptop or any electronic storage device “for documents copied, sent to, or received by her son” related to several entities, including the defendant.  The subpoena issued to the former roommate, Sanghani, also sought inspection of his laptop computer and any other electronic storage device or computer “that has any responsive documents.”  The subpoena further requested documents, “whether in paper form or electronically submitted,” between Hoover and Sanghani that referred to specific persons or topics.

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