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Timing is Still Everything: Motion for Spoliation Sanctions Denied as Untimely

Timing is Still Everything: Motion for Spoliation Sanctions Denied as Untimely

Am. Nat’l Prop. & Cas. Co. v. Campbell Ins., Inc., No. 3:08-cv-00604, 2011 WL 3021399 (M.D. Tenn. July 22, 2011)

In this case, the court denied plaintiff’s Motion for Sanctions for Spoliation of Evidence as untimely, citing the facts that it had been 14 months since the alleged spoliation was discovered, that discovery had already closed, and that trial was weeks away.  In reaching its conclusion, the court relied heavily on the summary of the law regarding the timeliness of spoliation motions laid out by the court in Goodman v. Praxair Servs., Inc., 632 F. Supp. 2d 494 (D. Md. 2009).

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