Pioneer Hi-Bred Int’l, Inc. v. Monsanto Co., 2001 WL 170410 (E.D. Mo. Jan. 2, 2001)

Key Insight: After jury trial resulted in defense verdict, court ruled on defendant’s outstanding motion for sanctions; pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 37 and its inherent authority, court ordered plaintiff to pay defendant’s total counsel fees, expenses and costs incurred in the litigation (not just those related to discovery issues) amounting to $8,211,287 as sanction for plaintiff’s egregious discovery misconduct

Nature of Case: Dispute over development and license agreement

Electronic Data Involved: Email and other computerized data

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