City of Colton v. Amer. Promotional Events, Inc., 277 F.R.D. 578 (C.D. Cal. Oct. 13, 2011)

Key Insight: Affirming the order of the magistrate judge, the Court found that Rule 34 production requirements applied equally to hard copy and ESI, that the Case Management Order did not exempt the parties from the requirements of Rule 34, and that where defendants did not produce ESI as maintained in the usual course of business, they would be required to label their productions to correspond to the categories in the request, or, as offered by plaintiff, could re-produce ESI in native format in lieu of labeling

Nature of Case: CERCLA, RCRA – seeking cleanup costs from owner of property formerly used as ammunition storage

Electronic Data Involved: ESI

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