Browder v. City of Albuquerque, —F.Supp.3d—, 2016 WL 3397659 (D.N.M. May 9, 2016)

Key Insight: Addressing loss of cellular phone(a tangible thing) belonging to officer involved in off-duty traffic accident despite a letter from plaintiff specifically requesting preservation and providing notice of imminent litigation, court found the city was at least grossly negligent in its failure to preserve and that Plaintiff was prejudiced as a result but fell short of finding that the loss was the result of bad faith and ordered production of documents previously withheld under claim of privilege and that the jury would be instructed that it may make ?any inference they believe appropriate in light of the spoliation?

Nature of Case: Traffic accident

Electronic Data Involved: Cellular Phone

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