James v. Nat?l Fin. LLC, No. 8931-VCL, 2014 WL 6845560 (Del. Ch. Dec. 5, 2014)

Key Insight: Where defendant failed to provide all the information required by the court’s first discovery order, then failed to comply with second discovery order that required production of an updated spreadsheet with an affidavit from defendant?s IT consultant explaining how the consultant extracted data from defendant’s systems and imported the data into the updated spreadsheet, and where defendant made numerous misrepresentations to plaintiff and to the court regarding the data and defendant?s efforts to comply with the orders, court declined to enter default judgment as a discovery sanction and instead ordered that certain facts adverse to defendant were to be deemed established; court further awarded plaintiff her expenses, including attorneys? fees, to be paid by both defendant and its counsel

Nature of Case: Putative class action alleging that defendant’s loan practices were unconscionable and its loan terms unenforceable

Electronic Data Involved: Spreadsheet containing loan history information

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