Ferrara Bros. Bldg. Materials Corp. v. FMC Constr. LLC, 54 Misc.3d 529 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2016)
Key Insight: Plaintiff, arguing Defendant?s contract was backdated, moved for sanctions after Defendant discarded computers (2 years after the action commenced) containing native information and system metadata for the contract at issue. The contract?s creation date was at issue in this case and Defendant had not indicated that it preserved the metadata before discarding the computers (which was not a regular or automatic event but rather a ?curiously fortuitous occurrence?). In considering sanctions, the court concluded that Defendant?s submission of an affidavit indicating that the computers were replaced and discarded did not ?rebut the presumption that Casa was negligent, even grossly negligent? and found that a negative inference at trial would be ?sufficient to strike a balance between the need to ameliorate any prejudice related from the destruction of the computer system, and the absence of demonstrable willfulness ??
Nature of Case: Breach of contract
Electronic Data Involved: Metadata