Virtual Studios, Inc. v. Stanton Carpet, Corp., No. 4:15-CV-0070, 2016 WL 5339601 (N.D. Ga. June 23, 2016)
Key Insight: Where the court acknowledged that after a duty to preserve arose in 2009 Plaintiff ?did little, if anything, to prevent the loss of emails,? including failing to instruct employees to retain relevant documents and emails and failing to backup emails stored on employees individual hard drives, but where Defendant failed to establish bad faith or an intent to deprive, the court declined to impose an adverse inference or other serious sanctions pursuant to Rule 37(e)(2) but, upon finding that the loss of emails was prejudicial to Defendant (where the parties offered competing narratives regarding whether Defendant was informed regarding Plaintiff?s limitations on the use of its images), ordered that the defendant ?may introduce evidence concerning the loss of the e-mails and may make an argument to the jury concerning the effect of the loss of the e-mails?
Nature of Case: Copyright infringement
Electronic Data Involved: Emails