In re Facebook PPC Adver. Litig., No. C09-03043 JF (HRL), 2011 WL 1324516 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 6, 2011)

Key Insight: Despite Facebook?s assertions that an ESI protocol was unnecessary and that there was no basis to require rigid up-front requirements, court cited the ?clear thrust of discovery-related rules, case law, and commentary? suggesting that communication among counsel is critical and ordered parties to meet and confer to establish protocol to establish the format of production, search terms, etc.; court ordered re-production of any ESI already produced in non-searchable formats and prohibited Facebook?s further use of Watchdox.com to make ESI available to plaintiffs where the method was unduly burdensome to plaintiffs (in light of Facebook?s control of the documents, ability to track what was reviewed, etc.) and where parties previously agreed to a protective order which provided sufficient protection to the documents at issue

Electronic Data Involved: ESI

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