Pegasus Aviation I, Inc. v. Varig Logistica S.A., 2014 WL 2522717 (N.Y. App. Div. June 5, 2014)

Key Insight: Divided appellate court reversed trial court?s order granting adverse inference instruction against defendants where plaintiffs did not establish relevance of lost material, facts did not support a finding of gross negligence on the part of defendants, but at most, a finding of simple negligence in failing to ensure that acquired company instituted a litigation hold, and plaintiffs presented no evidence that such a hold would have saved the relevant ESI from destruction when the acquired company?s entire computer system crashed

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