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Motion for Preserving

Motion for Preserving

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTSOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDACASE NO. 09-60136-CIV-SEITZ/SIMONTONLEOR EXPLORATION & PRODUCTION LLC,PARDUS PETROLEUM LLC, and WILLIAMNATBONY, as Trustee of the Dafna Kaplan 2003Eight-Year Grantor Retained Annuity Trust andThomas Kaplan 2004 Ten-Year Grantor RetainedAnnuity Trust,Plaintiffs,v.GUMA AGUIAR,Defendant. / 
PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR ORDER PRESERVINGELECTRONIC DATA AND COMMUNICATION DEVICES
Plaintiffs move on an expedited basis for the entry of an order directing Defendant, GumaAguiar (“Aguiar”), and third parties, Ellen Aguiar, America Online and AT&T, to (a) preservethe electronic data and communications (hereinafter, “electronic data”) associated with Aguiar’sand Ellen Aguiar’s cellular telephone numbers/accounts and email accounts and (b) secure thedevices (including computers and cellular telephones) on which electronic data is stored.Plaintiffs’ request for preservation is limited to electronic data created on or after April 1, 2012.
Memorandum of Law
1. On or about June 19, 2012, Aguiar disappeared under suspicious circumstancesafter taking his boat out into the Atlantic Ocean.
See
Motion to Stay Proceedings and Requestfor Status Conference (D.E. 635). The parties remain hopeful that Aguiar is alive. Aguiar’smother, Ellen Aguiar, has indicated that she believes he may be alive but in a psychotic state.2. The parties and the Court have an interest in determining Aguiar’s whereabouts
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2and the circumstances surrounding his disappearance. Accordingly, it is essential that anyelectronic data relating to Aguiar’s disappearance, including any electronic communicationsbetween Aguiar and Ellen Aguiar, be preserved. It is equally important to sequester anytelephone or computer devices on which electronic data is stored. The Court’s inherent authoritypermits it to enter a preservation order directed to Aguiar, Ellen Aguiar, their cellular serviceproviders, and their email service providers.
See, e.g.
,
United Medical Supply Co., Inc. v. United States
, 73 Fed. Cl. 35, 36-37 (2006) (recognizing a federal court’s inherent authority to enterpreservation orders). Absent a preservation order, relevant electronic data will be inaccessible if it is deleted or erased in the ordinary course of events by the service providers or the Aguiars.3.. In the alternative, Plaintiffs request leave of Court to serve subpoenas
ducestecum
requiring Ellen Aguiar, AT&T and America Online to preserve the pertinent electronicdata and hardware pending a further order from this Court.
See Gervis v. Berg
, 2005 WL3299436, *2-3 (E.D.N.Y. Nov. 29, 2005) (noting that “it is not uncommon for courts to grant ‘aplaintiff leave to issue subpoenas that give specified third parties notice of the action and imposeupon them a duty to preserve certain relevant evidence in their possession’”) (citation omitted);
 In re Grand Casinos
, 988 F. Supp. 1270, 1273 (D. Minn. 1997) (plaintiffs granted leave to issuesubpoenas to third parties imposing upon them a duty to preserve evidence pending further courtorder).4. A preservation order will not create any burden, let alone an undue burden, onAguiar or any of the third parties. It simply requires that they refrain from deleting or destroyingevidence that may be relevant in this action.
1
 WHEREFORE, Plaintiffs respectfully request Court to enter an order directing Aguiar,
1
Any issues concerning the discoverability of, or the applicability of a privilege to, theelectronic data can be addressed when the electronic data is produced.
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3Ellen Aguiar, America Online, and AT&T and their representatives, agents and attorneys to (a)preserve the electronic data associated with Aguiar’s and Ellen Aguiar’s cellular telephonenumbers/accounts and email accounts and (b) secure the devices (including computers andcellular telephones) on which electronic data is stored. Alternatively, the Court is requested toauthorize Plaintiffs to serve subpoenas
duces tecum
on Ellen Aguiar, America Online, andAT&T to preserve all the pertinent electronic data and the devices on which such data is storedpending a further order of this Court. Plaintiffs further respectfully request the grant of suchother relief as the Court deems just and proper.Dated: June 27, 2012s/ Brian J. Stack Brian J. Stack, Esq.Email: bstack@stackfernandez.com
Stack Fernandez Anderson & Harris, P.A.
1200 Brickell AvenueSuite 950Miami, Florida 33131Tel. (305) 371-0001Fax. (305) 371-0002Stephen M. Rathkopf, Esq.Email: srathkopf@herrick.comMarisa A. Leto, Esq.Email: mleto@herrick.com
Herrick, Feinstein LLP
2 Park AvenueNew York, NY 10016Tel. (212) 592-1415Fax. (212) 545-3444
 Attorneys for William Natbony, as Trustee of the Dafna Kaplan 2003 Eight-Year Grantor  Retained Annuity Trust and the ThomasKaplan 2004 Ten-Year Grantor Retained  Annuity Trust 
Respectfully submittted,Harley S. Tropin, Esq.Email: hst@kttlaw.comThomas A. Tucker Ronzetti, Esq.Email: tr@kttlaw.com
Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, P.A.
 2525 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, 9th FloorCoral Gables, Florida 33134Tel. (305) 372-1800Fax. (305) 372-3508Michael Carroll, Esq.Email: michael.carroll@davispolk.comFrances Bivens, Esq.Email: frances.bivens@davispolk.comJonathan Martin, Esq.Email: jonathan.martin@davispolk.comLara Samet, Esq.Email: lara.samet@davispolk.com
Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP
450 Lexington AvenueNew York, NY 10017Tel. (212) 450-4351Fax. (212) 701-5351Jonathan B. Rubenstein, Esq.Email: jonathan.rubenstein@bakerbotts.com
Baker Botts L.L.P.
2001 Ross Avenue
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