Query: Your opponent has offered to give up the emails you've been requesting in discovery, but insists on giving you printouts as opposed to electronic data. You're tired of fighting. Should you accept your opponent's offer?
Here are a few reasons you should answer "no"--
- Paper printouts won't allow you to determine whether existing emails were altered after your discovery request;
- BCC's might not print out on paper;
- You might not get the attachments if you accept paper printouts;
- The emails may not print out in the same manner in which they appeared electronically; and
- Paper printouts are impossible to search electronically.
Source note:This post contains information from "Reasons why not to accept email printouts" (ExpertLaw.com).