The defendant in a medical-malpractice cases sought the production of electronic information about the dates when certain photographs of the plaintiff had been taken. The Fifth Court granted mandamus relief to the plaintiff:

“Methodist did not meet the burden of going forward with evidence … Mere skepticism or bare allegations that the responding party has failed to comply with its discovery duties are not sufficient to warrant an order requiring direct access to an opposing party’s electronic device. While the mandamus record suggests Methodist may have been concerned about multiple creation dates, Methodist failed to make an evidentiary showing that the electronic files Cooley produced lacked metadata. Accordingly, Methodist failed to make the good-cause showing necessary to justify the trial court’s order.”

In re Cooley, No. 05-21-00445 (Feb. 2, 2022) (mem. op.) (citations omitted; applying, inter aliaIn re Weekley Homes, 295 S.W.3d 309 (Tex. 2009)).

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