J&JB Timberlands, LLC v. Woolsey Energy II, LLC, No. 14-cv-01318-SMY-PMF, 2016 WL 4006671 (S.D. Ill. Apr. 28, 2016)

Key Insight: Although the court found that Defendants breached their duty to preserve certain emails by (1) failing to take reasonable steps to preserve Kelley?s emails, (2) misrepresenting the manner in which the data was lost, (3) misrepresenting that the lost data could not be recovered, and (3) using the laptop in May and August, 2015, the court also found the breach was not intentional and that Plaintiff was only ?minimally harmed? and eventually able to obtain the missing information and thus declined to strike Defendants? pleadings but ordered that Defendants should compensate Plaintiff for the reasonable attorneys? fees and expenses incurred in obtaining the email

Electronic Data Involved: Emails

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