Westmoreland v. Wells Fargo Bank Nw., N.A., No. 1:15-cv-00312-CWD, 2016 WL 6471433 (D. Idaho Oct. 31, 2016)

Key Insight: Defendant sought to compel the return of Plaintiff?s company-issued laptop in order to obtain its contents; production of all emails sent by Plaintiff?s counsel to a joint email account shared by Plaintiff and her husband; as well as an additional search of Plaintiff?s Facebook account. Because it became clear that neither party had accessed the laptop during the litigation but that both parties were interested in its contents, the Court ordered that imaging and retrieval would be conducted by an agreed upon third party but, recognizing Defendant?s security concerns, allowed a representative to be present for the process. The Court denied Defendant?s motion to compel production of emails that Plaintiff?s counsel sent to a joint email account accessible by both Plaintiff and her husband, indicating that Defendant had not shown that Plaintiff waived attorney-client privilege regarding the communications with her counsel by having the emails sent to a shared email account and citing marital privilege. The Court denied the motion requesting a third search of Plaintiff?s Facebook messages, indicating that the messages produced to date were satisfactory and that the time and cost of an additional search was not ?proportional to the needs of this litigation.?

Nature of Case: Employment discrimination

Electronic Data Involved: Company-issued laptop, emails, social media (social network)

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