Ashton v. Knight Transp., Inc., No. 3:09-CV-0759-B, 2011 WL 734282 (N.D. Tex. Feb. 22, 2011)

Key Insight: Where, in a case arising from a fatal accident, the court determined that defendants? failure to preserve the tires of the involved truck and Qualcomm messages between the driver and the truck company was in bad faith and where that failure resulted in prejudice to the plaintiff, the court ordered that defendants? pleadings and defenses to liability be struck and, ?because defendants? misconduct led to the late discovery of a potential claim for punitive damages,? granted plaintiff leave to file an amended her complaint to add such a claim

Nature of Case: Hit and run

Electronic Data Involved: Qualcomm messages (“email type messages”)

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