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United States ex rel. Guardiola v. Renown Health

United States District Court for the District of Nevada
2015 WL 5056726 (2015)


Cecilia Guardiola (relator) worked for Renown Health (defendant). Guardiola discovered that Renown was making fraudulent reimbursement claims to Medicare. The United States government (plaintiff) brought suit against Renown. During discovery, Guardiola requested production of all relevant Renown emails sent between 2006 and 2014. Renown produced certain emails that it had readily accessible but objected to the production of emails sent between April 2011 and February 2013. Renown had transitioned to a new backup system during this time period and had chosen an email retention policy that did not index or organize emails. Renown stated that it would cost at least $248,000 to reproduce and review the emails during this time period. This estimate included $136,000 to produce the emails and $112,000 for counsel review. Guardiola filed a motion to compel production of the emails.

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