Slep-Tone Entm?t Corp. v. Granito, No. CV 12-298 TUC DCB, 2014 WL 65297 (D. Ariz. Jan. 8, 2014)

Key Insight: Where defendant used special software to erase computer hard drives that allegedly contained infringing karaoke accompaniment tracks marked with plaintiffs’ registered trademarks, court determined that defendant acted willfully in destroying the evidence, which he knew to be especially relevant, and that his admitted spoliation of evidence severely impaired the plaintiffs’ ability to litigate the case; accordingly, court denied defendant?s motion for summary judgment based on lack of evidence, and granted summary judgment for plaintiffs on issue of liability, instructing that plaintiffs must still prove up damages

Nature of Case: Trademark and tradedress infringement

Electronic Data Involved: Unauthorized counterfeit duplicates of karaoke accompaniment tracks on hard drives

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