Felman Prod., Inc. v. Indus. Risk. Insurers, No. 3:09-0481, 2011 WL 4547012 (S.D.W. Va. Sept. 29, 2011)

Key Insight: For egregious discovery violations, including attempting to conceal relevant custodians, failure to issue litigation holds, spoliation, delay, and lack of candor, the court granted in part defendants? motion for terminating sanctions and dismissed plaintiff?s claim for business interruption losses?the claim most affected by the discovery abuse; court declined to dismiss all claims where, despite the discovery violations, defendants? were not sufficiently prejudiced to support terminating sanctions, but found an adverse inference instruction to be ?an adequate remedy?

Nature of Case: Complaint seeking payment of insurance claims; counterclaim for fraud

Electronic Data Involved: ESI

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