In re Heinz, 501 B.R. 746 (Bankr. N.D. Ala. 2013)

Key Insight: Although court found that evidence compelled conclusion that debtor?s spoliation of electronic evidence, failure to preserve both ESI as well backup paper documentation, and failure to produce thumb drive was willful and intentional given the timing during imminent or ongoing litigation, court declined to impose a specific sanction against the debtor such as a default judgment and instead drew an adverse inference against debtor to the extent it impacted the debtor?s overall credibility; court ultimately found that plaintiffs? claim against the debtor for $39,296, stemming from judgment obtained by plaintiffs against debtor for breach of contract, was not dischargeable

Nature of Case: Complaint to determine dischargeability

Electronic Data Involved: Thumb drive containing financial information from 2009 through 2011

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