Under new FRCP Rule 37(e), prejudice is required to warrant spoliation sanctions. With no proof of prejudice, there are no spoliation sanctions.
In response to the plaintiffs’ legal claims that were in protest of the defendant’s decision not renew their school’s charter, the defendant motioned for summary judgment. The plaintiff claimed within their response to this motion that the defendant spoliated relevant data, i.e. the deletion of a key custodian’s email account.
The key issue in this case was whether the email account was deleted with prejudice.
The defendant contends that the email account was probably deleted within 90 days of the key custodian’s departure in February 2012, which would be in accordance with the defendant’s general practice. The plaintiffs’ argue that the key custodian’s emails were “purged sometime after 2012.”
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