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My company was requested to provide information that would

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My company was requested to provide information that would include tens of thousands of emails.

Can I provide email discovery information in outlook PST format instead of converting all emails into PDF? - conversion would be a nightmare

If I have to provide all emails in PDF format, can you suggest online or offline service that can do this?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Business Law
Expert:  Law Pro replied 3 years ago.

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Has the other party requested that you produce the emails in a particular form or format? If so, did the court grant or order such request?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

No. Their RFP "demand" is as below:

ALL DOCUMENTS REFERRING TO from to present.
Expert:  Law Pro replied 3 years ago.
So there is no designation as to how you are to supply them with the information - correct?

It's open to interpretation and ease.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you. I have a follow-up question - our current attorney decided to withdraw (filed a motion). He was on retainer for 2 years, did not liked that case started to take lots of his time and after we told him that we would not provide emails in PDF, but in PST, etc, told us that we did not cooperate on discovery.

He is schedule to leave at the beginning of the next month. I am interviewing other attorneys and they do not see any problem to use PST, etc.

Related to this - can I request current attorney to tell other side to stop discovery till I will find replacement attorney?


Expert:  Law Pro replied 3 years ago.
I understand - sometimes it's best for a new outlook as to your case by changing legal representation.

You can ask but the other side doesn't have to comply. BUT, you can ask the court to postpone discovery till you get new legal representation OR, if they file a motion to compel, request additional time till you get new legal representation.

The judge is going to understand and give you additional time. BUT what you don't want is to let sit "Request for Admissions" because if they are not responded to within the requisite time - the admissions are deemed admitted. Although you could file a motion with the court to dispute such - that takes alot more time and effort rather then filing a motion immediately to postpone your required responses to discovery.

I would ask for 90 days in postponement to any discovery request because it takes time for new legal counsel to get up to speed on the case and review everything.



90 days is routinely given if the case hasn't been already scheduled for trial OR the discovery period close to ending.


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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
To clarify, attorney who is withdrawing is still with the company - he will withdraw only at the beginning of the next month.

I have to hired a new attorney yet and actively searching.

Can I request discover to be postponed in this setup? - If yes, what exactly should I request him?

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