Document Dump Law and Legal Definition

A document dump is the act of answering to an opponent's request for information. Through document dump, a large quantity of data is transferred to the adversary in an unfriendly and hostile manner. Such act clearly shows the legal conflict between the transmitter and the receiver of the information. The phrase is often used by lawyers, but is in increasing use in the blogosphere. When producing documents, the responding party cannot attempt to hide a needle in a haystack by mingling responsive documents with large numbers of nonresponsive documents. However, a massive production of documents is not necessarily a document dump if the opposing party has posed overbroad discovery requests.