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Court Orders Monetary Sanctions Against Client and Counsel for Discovery Violations, Including Counsel’s Failure to Make “Reasonable Inquiry”

Court Orders Monetary Sanctions Against Client and Counsel for Discovery Violations, Including Counsel’s Failure to Make “Reasonable Inquiry”

Play Visions, Inc. v. Dollar Tree Stores, Inc., No. C09-1769 MJP (W.D. Wash. June 8, 2011)

For discovery violations, including (among others) false certification that all relevant records were kept in paper format, delayed and inadequate production and failure to search for documents in a timely manner, and counsel’s failure to adequately familiarize himself with his client’s document retention practices or to assist in the production of documents, the court imposed monetary sanctions equal to the amount expended because of plaintiff’s discovery abuses, to be born by plaintiff and its counsel jointly and severally.

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