Cruz v. G-Town Partners, L.P., 2010 WL 5297161 (Del. Super. Ct. Dec 3, 2010)

Key Insight: Court denied motion for adverse inference for defendant?s ?inadequately explained, perhaps even suspect? inability to produce photographs of the alleged accident scene (the bathroom of plaintiff?s apartment) where plaintiff ?did not exhaust every available mechanism to obtain these photographs? (by failing to obtain a forensic analysis of the computers alleged to have stored the photos, for example) and where the facts underlying the absence of the photos were ?sufficiently equivocal and incomplete to defeat plaintiff?s claim of entitlement to an adverse inference? and where the probative value of the photos was ?speculative at best?; court?s denial of adverse inference resulted in denial of application of Res Ipsa Loquitur and thus the entry of summary judgment in favor of defendants

Nature of Case: Personal Injury

Electronic Data Involved: Photographs stored electronically and sent via email

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