Koninklijke Philips N.V. v. Hunt Control Sys., No. 11-3684 DMC, 2014 WL 1494517 (D.N.J. Apr. 16, 2014)

Key Insight: Where Defendant sought to take a 30(b)(6) deposition to inquire regarding whether Plaintiff was ?using the appropriate search tools for ESI discovery,? based on Defendant?s expert?s determination that Plaintiff had ?some of most (sic) sophisticated and comprehensive state-of-the-art document search and location tools? and the assertion that ?Philips refuses to use these tools? and where Plaintiff indicated that it had always used ?a custodian-based approach to collecting ESI[ ],? and that it outsourced its collection to Microsoft Online Services and did not have a contract that permitted the type of searching and collecting suggested by the defendant, the court found that Plaintiff had adequately established the reasonableness of its approach and also reasoned that while the deposition itself would not be a burden, it would open the door to potentially burdensome additional discovery that was unlikely to be productive and thus was not warranted

Nature of Case: Appeal of decision of Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

Electronic Data Involved: ESI

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