Vicente v. City of Prescott, No. CV-11-08204-PCT-DGC, 2014 WL 3894131 (D. Ariz. Aug. 8, 2014)

Key Insight: Although court found City’s preservation efforts “plainly deficient,” as City did not notify its IT department to suspend automatic procedure for eliminating deleted emails after 30 days, nor did it instruct its IT department to assist key individuals in collecting and preserving relevant email or provide assistance in doing so from the legal department, court decline to impose case-dispositive sanctions against City because plaintiff did not discuss the bad faith standard nor show how it was satisfied, and loss of only one email did not constitute significant prejudice where plaintiff collected and presented good deal of evidence on same issue; court granted plaintiff?s motion to compel production of unredacted versions of two litigation hold letters sent by the City to its employees

Nature of Case: Fire Captain alleged claims of retaliation in violation of the First Amendment and state law claims for defamation and injunctive relief

Electronic Data Involved: Email

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