Judge Orders Prison Time for Spoliation

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Description: Recent trends reveal that individuals who engage in e-discovery misconduct are often slapped with large fines by judges. However, a judge in one recent case has upped the ante. Calling it the "single most egregious" case of discovery violations he had seen in his almost 14 years on the bench, Chief US Magistrate Judge Paul Grimm recommended jail time for the defendant unless it pays the plaintiff's attorney fees and costs. Grimm ruled in favor of the plaintiff and found the defendant's willful destruction of relevant electronic data was tantamount to contempt.
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