Thank you for your question. Please permit me to assist you with your concerns.Unfortunately attorneys make it a point to be as specific as they can be without being helpful. If you are the one requesting documents, the onus is on you to define what you are seeking as specifically as possible. "Computer data" is way too broad, and speaking as a former programmer myself, it generally refers to raw data, not past applications, files, documents, folders, or modules--and it gives ample wiggle room to the opposing party to provide what they deem to be 'computer data' to you, which of course tends to include or not include items that they do not want you to have. There is no legal definition of computer data, it is up to you to make your own definition if you can. About the only thing beyond a motion to compel is a petition for contempt, but you aren't there yet as the compel motion is proper next step.Good luck.
Makes sense. Both atty and I had previously used "copy of hard drive" and "computer data" interchangeably. And they only had possession of the laptop because they demanded it's return right before they filed a motion for summary judgement. To the lay person, it appears like a how-to on separating a complainant from evidence damaging to their case. Could something like this warrant an interdependent tort in NC even though the damage is minimal since I caught it? I still don't have the evidence in question.
Thank you for your follow-up, Tucker.I will be honest and do not see a basis for a legitimate cause of action here. They can fall back and claim your description was not specific so they used their best judgment in providing you with what they felt you requested, which without evidence to the contrary is going to be impossible to disprove. Please know that certain emails or documents labeled 'attorney-work product' are not able to be subpoenaed, so even if there is privileged communication between the attorneys and the company suggesting they stonewall, it is not something you would ever end up seeing.Good luck.
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