Minter v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., —F.R.D.—, 2012 WL 4903315 (D. Md. Oct. 12, 2012)

Key Insight: Addressing production of business records pursuant to Rule 33(d) and, more specifically, who should bear the cost of imaging and segregating the relevant information from the many other pages of information with which the at-issue data was maintained, the court addressed the question of who would bear a heavier burden in locating and extracting the information (or whether the burden was even), determined it would be the plaintiffs (noting, for example defendant?s reliance on particular software not available to plaintiffs) and rejected defendant?s offer to do the work if plaintiffs bore the costs; court found that defendant must bear the cost of imaging and producing the data requested; court also addressed case scheduling in light of the time estimates for accomplishing the production and considered defendant?s resources, including the number of scanners and personnel that were required to complete the task, before ordering a deadline accordingly

Nature of Case: Alleged scheme to generate unlawful fees related to loan applications

Electronic Data Involved: Rule 33(d) business records

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