PersonalWeb Techs., LLC v. Google Inc., No. C13-01317-EJD (HRL), 2014 WL 580290 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 13, 2014)

Key Insight: Litigation was reasonably foreseeable so as to trigger a duty to preserve evidence when plaintiff first acquired patents with an eye toward litigation, although company was analyzing defendant’s technology and openly discussing litigation months earlier; however, because plaintiff waited 11 days after filing suit to implement a legal hold and there was evidence that potentially relevant emails were deleted, court imposed monetary sanctions instead of the more severe sanctions requested given absence of substantial prejudice to defendant and fact that plaintiff’s conscious disregard of its duty to preserve was motivated by cost-saving

Nature of Case: Patent infringement

Electronic Data Involved: E-mails

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