Adams v. Dan River Mills, Inc., 54 F.R.D. 220, 4 Computer L. Serv. Rep. 33 (W.D. Va. 1972).
Factual Background Edit
The action involved alleged racial discrimination by the defendant in its employment practice. The plaintiff filed a request for production of documents under Fed. R. Civ. P. 37, including computer printouts. Plaintiff argued that the computer printouts where both vital and relevant, as well as the most inexpensive and reliable method of ascertaining the needed information.
Trial Court Proceedings Edit
The court held that because of the speed, reliability and cost savings involved in the computer reproduction, defendant would be ordered to produce the requested documents. The court indicated that data in computerized form may be discoverable even if paper "hard copies" of the information have been produced.