Sentis v. Shell Oil Co., 559 F.3d 888 (8th Cir. 2009)

Key Insight: Where, when imposing discovery sanctions, trial court improperly relied on unreliable evidence of misconduct by plaintiff, including accusations of bribery proffered by defendant following receipt of an anonymous phone tip, where the other findings in support of the sanction were ?close questions,? and where there were accusations of judicial bias and the appearance of judicial partiality, circuit court of appeals reversed the judgment of the district court dismissing plaintiff?s claims and remanded the matter for further proceeding before a different judge

Nature of Case: Breach of contract

Electronic Data Involved: ESI, email

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