First Mariner Bank v. Resolution Law Group, P.C., No. MJG-12-1133, 2014 WL 1652550 (D. Md. Apr. 22, 2014)

Key Insight: Recounting history of defendants? discovery misconduct, prior motions and orders, and finding that defendants? spoliation of evidence stored on individual defendant’s laptop computer and smartphone was willful and in bad faith and caused significant prejudice to plaintiff by eliminating the only identified source of defendants? business records, magistrate judge recommended that extreme sanction of judgment by default as to liability on all counts of the amended complaint be entered against defendants; magistrate further recommended that, pursuant to FRCP 55(b)(2), an evidentiary hearing be held to give plaintiff the opportunity to prove damages

Nature of Case: False advertising, unfair competition and defamation

Electronic Data Involved: ESI stored on laptop and smartphone

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