If you’re trying to get the court to compel production of data from your opponent, it is important to be specific about which requests they have failed to comply with, and why the requested information is relevant and proportional.
In this class-action privacy lawsuit, the plaintiffs sought to compel a non-party to produce information that would showcase what specific private data was improperly accessed by the defendants. In addition, the plaintiffs asked the defendants to review that data for responsiveness.
The non-party rejected to producing the requested information because it would be “unduly burdensome because of the volume of responsive information and the amount of redaction required to remove ‘sensitive data.’” The non-party estimated that 306,600 pages would need to be reviewed, costing up to $190,000.
The plaintiffs claim that these requested documents are “essential” to the case.
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The non-party made a specific showing, based on prior experience and a sampling exercise, as to the cost of complying with the request, the difficulty even beyond cost, and that even if the data were produced, it would not answer the requesting party’s issue as to whether access had been for a permissible or impermissible purpose. That type of information, as opposed to generalized claims of “burden,” is crucial to present to the court. The court also relied on Rule 45’s requirement to avoid imposing an undue burden on a non-party.