According to CloudNine, a Florida judge has issued a motion for inspection of a laptop belonging to a group of defendants for the second time. The defendants objected to the initial request, but were met with the same outcome as the judge held that a forensic examination was warranted.
The case, HealthPlan Servs Inc. v Dixit et al, involves copyright infringement and a breach of contract. Initially, the court required the defendants to turn over the hard drives in question to their attorneys and have the plaintiff designate an expert to examine them. When the defendants objected to the request for a forensic examination, the plaintiff contended the defense lacked an adequate reason to avoid an expert selection, and the refusal might constitutea way to cover up possible evidence spoliation.
The judge ordered that the laptop be examined in order to obtain specific metadata information from files of interest, citing that the metadata would not be available if provided in a PDF format.
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