When File Type Matters In E-Discovery

Law360, New York (January 2, 2014, 6:04 PM EST) -- In a recent decision by the court in Keaton v. Hannum (S.D. Ind. April 29, 2013), the court determined that it was unreasonable for the defendant to refuse to produce Gmail emails in native format, because she had previously produced emails in what the court called “a ‘native’ file for Gmail emails.”

The court’s use of quotation marks around the word “native,” in this context, indicates that they refer to a file that is produced in its original format and usually retains all related metadata (data...
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