Seven Seas Cruises S. DE R.L. v. V. Ships Leisure Sam, 2011 WL 181439 (S.D. Fla. Jan. 19, 2011)

Key Insight: Where plaintiffs challenged the sufficiency of defendants? search, including whether defendants had used the agreed-upon search terms, and the format of defendant?s production, and where plaintiff specifically pointed to an email that should have been produced but was not, the court noted plaintiffs? concession that defendants? search methodology did not result in plaintiff receiving fewer documents and that they had been able to use the information produced, despite their arguments regarding format, but ?nevertheless concluded? that defendants should provide additional information and ordered the submission of an affidavit detailing defendants? search efforts; the court concluded that the dispute in this case was ?caused primarily by the parties? mutual failure to communicate and work together in good faith to resolve the areas of dispute? and counseled that in future the parties should more clearly specify the way in which discovery will be conducted and, if they cannot agree, should seek judicial assistance

Nature of Case: Suit for damages arising from failure to provide proper ship management

Electronic Data Involved: ESI

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