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Have You Demonstrated Prejudice For Your Spoliation Sanctions? The Tenth Circuit Requires It

Defendant Rain Link, Inc. received notice that the plaintiff was accusing the company for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Kansas Act Against Discrimination by its receving a letter written by the Kansas Human Rights Commission dated June 10, 2009.  Rain Link acknowledged that it anticipated litigation and, therefore, had a duty to preserve evidence concerning the plaintiff’s allegations.  Although, it is clear from the record that Rain Link did not properly preserve documents, and in some cases, destroyed documents, U.S. Magistrate Judge K. Gary Sebelius found that the plaintiff did not demonstrate prejudice or bad faith on the part of the defendant to allow for plaintiff’s spoliation sanctions or adverse jury instruction.  The District Court judge adopted the report. Plaintiff sought five spoliation sanctions and all, but one, were dismissed with prejudice.  The admission of evidence related to the defendant’s spoliation of evidence was left to the judge presiding over the trial to decide when given the documents placed into evidence.  The plaintiff relied on a 2007 Kansas case, In re Krause, which was prior to the Tenth Circuit’s adoption of a showing of prejudice.  Spoliation sanctions are proper in the Tenth Circuit when: (1) a party had a duty to preserve evidence because it knew, or should have known, that litigation was imminent, and (2) the adverse party was prejudiced by the destruction of the evidence.  This differs from New York and the Zubulake case, which allows for a presumption of prejudice given destruction of documents concerning the litigation.  The U.S. Magistrate Judge Sebelius found that not only did the plaintiff not show prejudice concerning defendant’s destruction of documents, but also that the plaintiff’s examples of destruction showed negligence due to defendant’s routine practices as opposed to intentional deprivation of evidence to the plaintiff. Concerning an email that occurred subsequent to plaintiff’s notice of litigation between itself and Meritrust Credit Union, Rain Link failed to preserve the email in native-format and its attachments and instead produced the document in hardcopy without attachments to the opposing counsel.  The magistrate judge found that the plaintiff did not demonstrate a prejudice as to how the evidence was relevant to his claims.  The plaintiff also requested Rain Link’s drafts of corporate meeting minutes.  However, since Rain Link’s outside counsel notified the court that it was company policy to change the minute drafts after meetings and immediately file them electronically in addition to counsel’s advising clients (including Rain Link) to discard drafts of meeting minutes in order to avoid billing issues, the court found that there was no prejudice and little relevance in requiring the metadata of minute drafts. A more difficult issue arose from a May 6, 2009, telephone conversation between plaintiff’s counsel and defendant’s counsel as described in the defense’s memorandum of law.  Defense counsel’s memorandum asserted that plaintiff abandoned his job while the plaintiff argued that he was terminated by Rain Link.  The defense presented their memorandum in PDF format and explained that due to a computer crash in October 2009, the native format version was lost.  The magistrate judge acknowledged that the plaintiff’s arguments concerning the actual date of creation of the memorandum was relevant to the case and the plaintiff’s argument ultimately hinged on defense counsel’s veracity.  The plaintiff did not demonstrate that defense counsel would misrepresent evidence to the court.  Evidence concerning work in progress data was found to be insufficient and left for the presiding judge to determine if there was prejudice to the plaintiff. Due to the plaintiff’s lack of showing prejudice in the spoliation of documents, the court did not complete a full analysis of bad faith.  However, since the record demonstrated more negligence than intentional wrongdoing, an adverse jury instruction would not be appropriate.

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Court Hesitant to Impose Discovery Sanctions Despite Defendant’s Delay and Non-Compliance With Court Order

If I told you that your company delayed for nearly seven months to produce electronic documents critical to a pending lawsuit, you would think the judge presiding over your case may be a bit perturbed, right? What if I also told you

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No Sanctions for Spoliation?

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Defective Diapers and Improper Preservation Lead to Litigation Mess

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Have a Reasonable Document Retention Policy? Then Follow it!

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Don’t Want Sactions? Don’t Fail to Disclose!

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Who Ya Gonna Call… Databusters!

Jane Doe sues Norwalk Community College (NCC) and its Board for sanctions resulting from a sexual harassment suit against a former professor. Doe moved to compel the inspection of certain electronic records possessed by NCC. Plaintiff hired DataTrack Resources, LLC, a forensic computer firm, to inspect NCC's computer records. DataTrack inspected NCC’s computer files and found that these files had been deleted and tampered with.

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