Are Parties Obligated to Obtain Translations for Production?
In NY Machinery v. The Korean Cleaners Monthly, a U.S. Magistrate Judge wrestled with parties’ obligations regarding foreign-language documents in discovery
by Matthew Verga, JD, Xact Data Discovery
As more corporations operate across borders, more and more foreign language documents have become potentially relevant in litigation. In many such cases, parties will obtain certified translations of their own relevant foreign-language documents, prior to production, to facilitate review and later use in litigation. But what if a party doesn’t wish to do so? Is a party obligated to obtain certified translations of documents for its opponent’s use?