Lutalo v. Nat?l R.R. Passenger Corp., No. 11-cv-00974-REB-KLM, 2013 WL 1294125 (D. Colo. Mar. 28, 2013)

Key Insight: In a case arising from a train passenger?s complaints regarding Plaintiff?s telephone conversation which the passenger found threatening and which resulted in Plaintiff?s arrest, the court found that the plaintiff had a duty to preserve the relevant cellular phone and that Defendants were prejudiced by its loss but declined to impose an adverse inference instruction for merely negligent spoliation (inadvertent loss) and instead barred Plaintiff from introducing evidence related to who he was talking to or what was said and allowed Defendants to present evidence regarding Plaintiff?s failure to preserve and argue ?whatever inference they hope the jury will draw?

Nature of Case: Claims arising from arrest where charges were later dismissed

Electronic Data Involved: Cellular phone

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