AMC Tech., LLC v. Cisco Sys., Inc., No. 11-cv-3403 PSG, 2013 WL 3733390 (N.D. Cal. July 15, 2013)

Key Insight: Court denied Plaintiff?s motion for an adverse inference for Defendant?s deletion of the ESI belonging to a former employee where despite a general duty to preserve, the defendant ?could not have reasonably known? of the potential relevance of the at-issue ESI; where the disposal of ESI was pursuant to a routine deletion policy and other communications from the at-issue employee were produced from other custodians ?which suggests that Cisco did not act with a conscious disregard;? and where the relevance of the documents was tentative and the court was ?hard-pressed? to find that Plaintiff was prejudiced by the loss

Nature of Case: Claims related to software development and licensing agreement

Electronic Data Involved: ESI belonging to former employee

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