Olney v. Job.com, No. 1:12-cv-01724-LJO-SKO, 2014 WL 5430350 (E.D. Cal. Oct. 24, 2014)

Key Insight: Where plaintiff willfully and deliberately spoliated relevant data on his computer through use of deletion programs after the duty to preserve had been triggered, magistrate judge declined to impose sanction of dismissal given that the interests of expeditious resolution had not been thwarted by plaintiff’s conduct, litigation had not been unnecessarily protracted, management of the court’s docket had not been disrupted, and although the spoliation had prejudiced defendants in presenting a full defense, a strongly worded adverse inference instruction was an alternative, less severe sanction that would adequately address defendants’ harm; court set out text of adverse inference instruction to be given to the jury and awarded defendants their reasonable attorneys? fees

Nature of Case: Class action seeking statutory damages and injunctive relief for violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

Electronic Data Involved: ESI on plaintiff’s computer hard drive

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