Tag: Intent to Deprive

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Manning v. Safelite Fulfillment, Inc. (D.N.J. 2021)
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Doubleline Capital LP v. Odebrecht Fin., Ltd. (S.D.N.Y. 2021)

Manning v. Safelite Fulfillment, Inc. (D.N.J. 2021)

Key Insight: Defendants filed a motion for spoliation sanctions under FRCP 37(e) based on plaintiff’s deletion of certain Facebook messages and emails. Plaintiff claimed he deleted the messages to free up memory on his mobile phone. The court adopted the magistrate judge’s report and recommendations, finding plaintiff’s failure to preserve certain ESI caused prejudice to defendants warranting relief, but did not conclude that plaintiff did so with an intent to deprive defendants the use of the information in litigation. Plaintiff had an obligation to preserve the ESI; he deleted certain messages after he filed his lawsuit; and took no affirmative measures to preserve the ESI despite a duty to do so. The court allowed the introduction of a jury question on the destruction of some of the ESI evidence but reserved ruling on harsher sanctions.

Nature of Case: Employment discrimination

Electronic Data Involved: Facebook, Email

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Doubleline Capital LP v. Odebrecht Fin., Ltd. (S.D.N.Y. 2021)

Key Insight: Plaintiffs sought sanctions against defendants for intentionally destroying the encryption keys needed to access its internal “shadow” accounting system used to track illicit bribe payments to secure construction contracts. The court imposed sanctions against defendants under Rule 37(e)(1) to allow the jury to consider evidence surround the destruction of the encryption keys but declined to impose a mandatory adverse inference requested by plaintiffs under Rule 37(e)(2) because the moving party did not demonstrate that defendant destroyed the electronic evidence “with the intent to deprive the other party of the information’s use in the litigation” – with the required intent to be established by clear and convincing evidence.

Nature of Case: Securities Fraud

Electronic Data Involved: Encryption Keys

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