Fog Cap Acceptance, Inc. v. Verizon Bus. Network Servs., Inc., No. 3:11-CV-724-PK, 2014 WL 6064217 (D. Or. Nov. 12, 2014)

Key Insight: Court concluded that, because plaintiff’s spoliation of evidence did not deprive defendant of any complete defense to any of plaintiff’s claims of liability, dismissal was inappropriate sanction; instead, appropriate sanction would be to instruct the jury that it could infer from plaintiff?s failure to preserve the hard drives and disks that they contained evidence favorable to defendant, and to exclude plaintiff?s proffered expert testimony regarding the likelihood that the unpreserved evidence contained usable software or source code; however, because court went on to grant defendant’s motion for summary judgment, it denied defendant’s motion for sanctions as moot

Nature of Case: Breach of contract, negligence, and violations of bailment

Electronic Data Involved: Source code, hard drives

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