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Recent electronic data discovery decisions abound with examples of litigants making document preservation faux pas , some inadvertent and some intentional. The cases highlight the sometimes colorful bad behavior that has resulted in spoliation and sanctions, such as using a wiping program on your computer after litigation has commenced, [FOOTNOTE 1] throwing a laptop with relevant data off a building and running it over with a car, and making jokes about going to jail for the destruction of evidence — all the while destroying that evidence.[FOOTNOTE 2] But what lessons can be learned by the well-meaning litigant who wants to do the right thing when it comes to data preservation?

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