Nine Email Scandals that Underscore the Need for Proper Archiving

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UBS Warburg

A U.S. judge awarded $29 million to a plaintiff in a lawsuit for the defendant's non-compliance with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Laura Zubulake filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against UBS Warburg after she was denied a promotion she thought she deserved, and harassment from her male coworkers ensued. When compiling the electronic evidence, only 120 emails were found and UBS claimed any other emails didn't exist. UBS then changed its story and said the emails existed on backup tapes, but would be too expensive to retrieve.

The judge ruled that "UBS failed to preserve relevant emails, even after receiving adequate warnings from counsel, resulting in the production of some relevant emails almost two years after they were initially requested and resulting in complete destruction," and awarded Zubulake $29.2 million. This lawsuit helped propel the eDiscovery industry into the limelight and made it an industry worth billions. It also changed the way lawyers approached electronically stored information.

It's critical for organizations to easily access documents, emails and even text messages. If those forms of information are deleted without being properly preserved, they could be lost forever. This poses an issue when a company needs to provide these records to aid regulatory compliance, a legal suit or an employee dispute.

There have been countless examples of how an archiving system has impacted a company, both negatively and positively. Being able to easily access archived documents, emails and messages takes the guesswork out of certain situations and will ultimately protect your company if used correctly. Greg Arnette, founder and CTO, Sonian, a pioneer in cloud-powered archiving, has identified nine situations in which having records accessible, or not having records accessible, has largely affected companies and employees.


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