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Discovery Pays, but Sometimes, Plaintiffs Pay for Discovery

Ah, the amazing possibility of electronic discovery, which allows litigants access to every little shred of e-mail, every memo and every PDA entry ever created on the company computer. Surely, somewhere in all of those megabytes of data, a plaintiff suing for discrimination is bound to find a smoking gun. But not always, as Craig Williams of May It Please the Court describes in this post.

Williams blogs about the recent federal court decision in Claudia Quinby v. WestLB AG, No. 04 Civ. 7406, S.D. N.Y. , where the plaintiff "couldn't seem to fashion a good question to get the discovery results she wanted," even though defendants ran up nearly a quarter-million-dollar tab in an effort to respond  to plaintiff's request. Consequently, as Williams writes, since "the court found that since the results were something very much less than spectacular, the Plaintiff should bear some of the cost, and shifted some $30,000.00 to her. "

As we all know, discovery can pay. And as Quimby bears out, when discovery doesn't pay, the party seeking it (in this case the plaintiff) just might pay instead.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on September 26, 2006 at 07:27 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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