Halsey v. Litton Loan Servicing, L.P. et al

Filing 10

ORDER approving 9 Discovery Plan. Length of Trial 2-3 days. Case Track: Standard. PRETRIAL CONFERENCE CANCELLED. So Ordered by Magistrate Judge Landya B. McCafferty. Summary Judgment Motions due by 1/2/2014. Dispositive Motion Filing Deadline 5/31/2013. Supplement to discovery plan due 3/29/13(mm)

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE James Halsey v. Civil No. 12-cv-511-PB Litton Loan Servicing, L.P., et al. NOTICE OF RULING Re: Document No. 9, Proposed Discovery Plan The parties’ proposed discovery plan (doc. no. 9) is approved. However, the court orders the parties to file a supplement to the plan for the reasons explained below. The parties’ statement regarding electronic discovery is inadequate. Rule 26(f)(3)(C) requires that a plan “must” include the parties’ views on electronic discovery “including the form or forms in which it should be produced . . . .” The parties’ proposed discovery plan includes nothing about any agreement(s) with respect to electronic discovery, stating instead that “[d]iscovery of electronically stored information shall comply with Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b), and any other applicable rules of the Court.” More is required under the rule. Accordingly, the parties are ordered to meet and confer and file, on or before March 29, 2013, a joint motion to supplement the discovery plan that outlines more specifically their plans/agreements with respect to electronic discovery. The court refers the parties to the following outline of potential issues to discuss: 1. Preservation. Counsel should attempt to agree on steps the parties will take to segregate and preserve ESI in order to avoid accusations of spoliation. 2. E-mail Information. Counsel should attempt to agree on the scope of e-mail discovery and e-mail search protocol. 3. Back-up and Archival Data. Counsel should attempt to agree on whether responsive back-up and archival data exists, the extent to which back-up and archival data is reasonably accessible, and who will bear the cost of obtaining such data. 4. Format and Media. Counsel should attempt to agree on the format and media to be used in the production of ESI, and whether production of some or all ESI in paper form is agreeable in lieu of production in electronic format. 5. Reasonably Accessible Information and Costs. Counsel should attempt to determine if any responsive ESI is not reasonably accessible, i.e., is accessible only by incurring undue burdens or costs. 6. Privileged or Trial Preparation Materials. Counsel also should attempt to reach agreement regarding what will happen in the event privileged or trial preparation materials are inadvertently disclosed. See Fed. R. Evid. 502. In light of the court's approval of the parties' proposed discovery plan subject to the aforementioned modification, the pretrial conference currently scheduled to occur on March 12, 2013, is cancelled. Trial in this case is scheduled for the two-week trial period beginning May 6, 2014. __________________________ Landya McCafferty United States Magistrate Judge March 8, 2013 cc: Joshua D. Shakun, Esq. John F. Skinner III, Esq. 2