Network Computing is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

E-Discovery Firm Scolded Over E-Discovery

11:50 AM -- It should be no surprise to any reader of Byte and Switch that any litigation today will require the various parties to produce email messages as part of the discovery process. In fact, E-discovery itself is a multibillion-dollar market, and it seemed to me that at least one third of the booths at LegalTech were touting some sort of E-discovery product or service.

It's therefore somewhat ironic that E-discovery firm Guidance Software is in the news for annoying an arbitrator in a wrongful termination case by not producing email messages. After marketing director Cassondra Todd got a negative performance review and hired an attorney to challenge it, she was laid off and brought suit for wrongful termination.

Guidance's initial response to discovery requests revealed little. But Todd's former manager -- and gee, a competitor now -- had printed relevant email messages that Guidance hadn't produced. After Guidance asserted that searching backup tapes and deleted files would have been too much work, work in fact they would have charged a client $100,000 for, the arbitrator in the case ordered the search anyway and Todd was awarded $300,000.

The full AP story is available here.

This isn't the first time Guidance has been in the news: A 2005 hacking incident exposed 3,000 or more customer credit card numbers.

  • 1