Keenan v. Int?l Assoc. of Machinists & Aerospace Workers, No. 2:10-cv-277-GZS, 2013 WL 1314302 (D. Me. Mar. 28, 2013)

Key Insight: Court denied motion for spoliation sanctions for plaintiff?s disposal of personal computer that allegedly crashed where the evidence indicated no bad faith (plaintiff admitted that disposal of the computer was an error due to his own ignorance) and where defendants prejudice was limited in light of other evidence and their ability to explore plaintiff?s truthfulness regarding his assertions that he filed a timely appeal (a copy of which was allegedly lost when the computer crashed and was disposed of) at trial; although court declined to exclude evidence (the requested sanction) it left open the possibility that other sanctions may be imposed ?at a later stage?

Electronic Data Involved: Personal Computer

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