Ogin v. Ahmed, 563 F.Supp.2d 539 (M.D. Pa. 2008)

Key Insight: Where driver?s logs were relevant to plaintiff?s claims and defendants had notice of litigation and request to preserve them, but unilaterally determined that logs more than eight days prior to accident were irrelevant and destroyed them in the ?ordinary course of business,? court found that defendants actually suppressed and withheld driver’s logs and that adverse inference instruction was least severe and most appropriate sanction warranted under circumstances; court criticized defendants for not identifying date of destruction, individual responsible for such destruction, or time frame for such destruction pursuant to their retention policy and noted that defendants had not attached their retention policy as an exhibit to any filing or described any details of their retention policy

Nature of Case: Personal injury claims stemming from vehicle accident involving commercial tractor trailer and Jeep Wrangler

Electronic Data Involved: Computerized driver’s logs

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