Wagoner v. Lewis Gale Med. Ctr., LLC, No. 7:15cv570, 2016 WL 3893135 (W.D. Va. July 13, 2016)

Key Insight: Court granted motion to compel additional searching of Defendant?s computer systems and declined to order cost shifting despite Defendant?s claim that its inability to conduct a global search of its systems and resulting need to rely on a vendor rendered the search disproportional to the needs of the case where the court reasoned that Defendant had not carried its burden to show the information was inaccessible (?i.e., must be restored, de-fragmented, or reconstructed) and instead relied upon the expense of contracting with an outside vendor and that the necessary expense was the result of Defendant?s choice to use a system that did not preserve emails in a readily searchable format; ?Proportionality consists of more than whether the particular discovery method is expensive.?

Nature of Case: Employment litigation

Electronic Data Involved: ESI, including email

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