United States District Court, D. Nebraska
STIPULATED ORDER ON ELECTRONICALLY STORED
MICHAEL D. NELSON UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.
IS ORDERED that the parties' Stipulated Order on
Electronically Stored Information (Filing No. 106) is
adopted, as set forth below:
ORDER ON ELECTRONICALLY STORED INFORMATION
to the Court's May 21, 2018, Order (Filing No. 95)
Plaintiffs and Defendants hereby submit this stipulated and
agreed order concerning discovery of Electronically Stored
Information (“ESI”). Absent agreement of the
parties or further order of this court, the following
parameters shall apply to ESI production:
Production format for paper records.
documents that exist only in paper form shall be organized as
they have been kept in the ordinary course of business and
shall be produced according to the following protocol: Paper
documents shall be scanned and produced in TIFF image form at
a resolution sufficient to enable, where practicable, the
generation of searchable text using Optical Character
Recognition (“OCR”). This provision shall not
apply to portions of documents containing handwriting.
Production format for electronic records.
documents that exist in electronic form, even if such
documents also exist in paper form, shall be produced in
electronic form according to the following protocol:
Electronic documents shall be produced electronically as
single page, uniquely and sequentially numbered Group IV TIFF
image files of not less than 300 dots per inch resolution,
together with document level load files wherein the full text
was extracted directly from the native file where possible.
for TIFF production format.
files produced in TIFF image format, each page of a document
shall be electronically saved as an image file. If a document
is more than one page, the unitization of the document and
any attachments and/or affixed notes shall be maintained as
they existed in the original document.
document image file shall be named with the unique production
number of the page of the document in question, followed by
the extension “.tif”. File names should not be
more than 20 characters long or contain spaces.
page of a produced document shall have a legible, unique
production number electronically “burned” onto
the TIFF image in such a manner that information from the
source document is not obliterated, concealed, or interfered
with, preferably in the lower right corner of the document.
The production number shall contain at least six digits.
There shall be no other legend or stamp placed on the
document image, unless a document qualifies for confidential
treatment pursuant to the terms of any protective order in
this matter, or if the document requires redaction. In the
case of confidential materials as defined by any protective
order in this matter, any applicable designation may be
“burned” onto the document's image at a
location that does not obliterate or obscure any information
from the source document.
images shall be accompanied by a standard load file
containing the metadata and other fields identified in
Paragraph 8, below. The load file shall be produced in one of
the following industry-standard formats: (i) Concordance
delimited file (“.dat”); (ii) comma-separated
value file (“.csv”); or (iii) TAB delimited file.
TIFF images shall also be accompanied by either an Opticon
delimited cross-reference file (“.opt”) or IPRO
View LFP comma-delimited file showing document breaks and
appropriate document unitization.