Vaughan Co. v. Global Bio-Fules Tech. LLC, No. 1:12-CV-1292(DNH/DJS), 2016 WL 6605070 (N.D.N.Y. May 20, 2016)

Key Insight: Court granted motion to compel inspection of Defendant?s personal computer that was utilized for business where Plaintiff established that relevant information was likely stored there, where the information was potentially ?critical? to Plaintiff?s case (regarding whether Defendant had utilized Plaintiff?s confidential information), where there was ?no other avenue? to obtain the requested discovery, where the costs did not appear substantial, where Plaintiff?s counsel made a good faith effort at alternative resolutions before brining the motion, and?notably?where Defendant had previously agreed to the inspection (but later objected); court also granted access to Defendant?s email accounts, including disclosure of his passwords; as to both repositories, court ordered the parties? to agree on a search protocol/search terms that included allowing Defendant to review the results of the search prior to production

Nature of Case: Defendant’s alleged use of Plaintiff’s confidential files to underbid Plaintiff on various projects

Electronic Data Involved: ESI, email

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