Even though plaintiffs’ requests did not articulate expressly the need for native format, the court concluded that the requests clearly encompassed searchable databases. The defendant was not permitted to convert its ESI into a PDF format that would make it more difficult or burdensome for the plaintiffs to use. The court ordered the defendant to re-produce relevant data in native format, and to make available the appropriate personnel to assist the plaintiffs in understanding how to manipulate the data. Craig & Landreth, Inc. v. Mazda Motor of Am., Inc., 2009 WL 2245108 (S.D.Ind. July 27, 2009).
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