A Paralegal’s Guide to Production Formats (Retired)

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Litigation paralegals play an important role in helping to prepare discovery requests. However, when it comes to production formats there are still disputes regarding whether loose electronic documents (e.g. Word documents, Excel spreadsheets) should be produced in “native” format or as TIFF or PDF files. While Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 34 says that responding parties do not need to produce documents in their native format, some requesting parties argue that anything but native is not “reasonably useable.” This session will explain the law regarding format of production, the meaning of producing a document in a form in that is reasonably usable, and how to push back when opposing counsel does not produce in the format you requested.

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Course Instructor

Ryan Tilot, Esq.

Original Date Of Course

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Course Description

Litigation paralegals play an important role in helping to prepare discovery requests. However, when it comes to production formats there are still disputes regarding whether loose electronic documents (e.g. Word documents, Excel spreadsheets) should be produced in “native” format or as TIFF or PDF files. While Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 34 says that responding parties do not need to produce documents in their native format, some requesting parties argue that anything but native is not “reasonably useable.” This session will explain the law regarding format of production, the meaning of producing a document in a form in that is reasonably usable, and how to push back when opposing counsel does not produce in the format you requested.

Syllabus

  1. The law regarding format of production
  2. Document production
  3. Challenge opposing counsel when format is not as you requested

Instructor

Ryan Tilot, Esq.

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