Butler v. The New York Times Company

Butler v. The New York Times Company, an electronic discovery caseDisputeSoft was engaged by the plaintiff in Butler v. The New York Times Co., a suit filed with the Circuit Court of Alachua County, Florida.  The plaintiff claimed that stories printed by the defendant unfairly portrayed him in a false light, and engaged DisputeSoft to assist in discovery and examination of the editorial system used by the newspaper.

The plaintiff, a Gainesville land developer, alleged that articles printed in The Gainesville Sun, a subsidiary of the The New York Times, falsely portrayed the plaintiff as trying to bribe or influence individuals involved in a road expansion project.  The plaintiff sought discovery of the editorial system used by the newspaper’s staff to store and revise drafts of articles in electronic form.

DisputeSoft electronic discovery expert Hunter Jones prepared an affidavit that defined an approach for examining the editorial system and retrieving all versions of these documents. The court found that the suit was subject to a two-year statute of limitations and dismissed the case.

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