Clay v. Consol Penn. Coal Co., No. 5:12CV92, 2013 WL 4854746 (N.D. W. Va. Sep. 11, 2013)

Key Insight: Where defendants were dilatory in participating in discovery and did not begin searching for ESI until plaintiff was on the brink of filing his second motion to compel, district court affirmed magistrate judge?s recommendation that plaintiff?s motion for default judgment be denied because there was no showing of bad faith on the part of defendants and prejudice to plaintiff could be alleviated through imposition of less drastic sanctions, such as allowing plaintiff to re-depose certain witnesses at defense expense, allowing plaintiff to exceed the deposition limit, and awarding plaintiff reasonable expenses (including attorneys’ fees) of the motion

Nature of Case: Race discrimination

Electronic Data Involved: ESI

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