In re Motor Fuel Temp. Sales Practices Litig., 2009 WL 959493 (D. Kan. Apr. 3, 2009)

Key Insight: Court overruled defendants? objections that searching for pre-2001 paper documents would be overly burdensome and ordered production of boxes potentially containing relevant information, as maintained in the course of business, for inspection and identification of responsive materials to be copied, with no waiver of privilege as to documents determined to be privileged; acknowledging defendant?s burden in searching pre-2001 email where data was not easily accessible because of disparate email systems and back up procedures, court allowed plaintiffs, after reviewing hard copy, to specifically identify email or other ESI for production, if found, but did not order a search of all email; where Shell defendant proved undue burden in physically searching individual stations for responsive data, court limited search to ten locations but declined to find undue burden regarding the search of databases and ordered defendants to search the individual databases of 246 Shell stations for responsive information

Nature of Case: Claims arising from accusations that defendants sold fuel at a specified price without adjusting for temperature expansion

Electronic Data Involved: Hard copy, archived email, databases, ESI

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