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$3M Punitive Sanctions For Email Destruction

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July 22, 2016

A federal judge in Delaware has leveled one of the largest spoliation sanctions recorded since last year’s changes to the federal rules, against the defendant company in an antitrust case. A senior vice president in sales at telephone headset company Plantronics was said to have been responsible for the deletion of tens of thousands of emails, in a case where Plantronics is accused of prohibiting its distributors from selling its competitors’ products to call centers. The $3 million, plus legal fees, are to be paid to the competitor-plaintiff that brought the suit. This post includes analysis from practitioners, who suggest some key takeaways from the way this case handled.

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