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Posted: November 25, 2013

Default Judgment Entered Against Defendant As Discovery Sanction

On November 8, 2013, Justice Schweitzer of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Grober v. Bronson, 2013 NY Slip Op. 32935(U), granting a default judgment against the defendant as to liability on plaintiffs’ breach of contract and Labor Law claims based on defendant’s repeated failure to comply with discovery demands and... Read more »

Posted: November 22, 2013

Defendant Sanctioned for Filing Inaccurate Note of Issue and Certificate of Readiness

On November 12, 2013, Justice Bransten of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C. v. Paramount Leasehold, L.P., 2013 NY Slip Op. 32908(U), sanctioning a litigant for filling a Note of Issue and Certificate of Readiness that falsely indicated that discovery was complete. In Vladeck, the... Read more »

Posted: November 13, 2013

Court Invokes “Inherent Powers” To Order Sanctions For Negligent Spoliation Of Evidence

In Rodgers v. Rose Party Functions Corp., No. 10 CV 4780 (E.D.N.Y. Nov. 12, 2013), Chief Magistrate Judge Steven Gold granted the plaintiff an adverse inference as a sanction for the defendant’s negligent failure to preserve a key piece of evidence.  Plaintiff Tiffani Rodgers was injured when she slipped on a flight of stairs on... Read more »

Posted: November 2, 2013

Failure to Timely Raise Discovery Disputes with the Court Waives Them

On October 21, 2013, Justice Bransten of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Gama Aviation Inc. v. Sandton Capital Partners, LP, 2013 NY Slip Op. 32648(U), showing the importance of dilligently identifying and raising discovery disputes. The Gama Aviation decision dealt with several issues, including two motions to compel the production... Read more »

Posted: October 16, 2013

A Formal, Written Litigation Hold Not Necessary To Trigger Requirement To Preserve Documents

On October 3, 2013, Justice Friedman of the New York County Commercial Division held in Roberts v. Korwin, 2013 N.Y. Slip Op. 51637(U), a legal malpractice action, that a written, formal litigation hold memo was not necessary to trigger the obligation to preserve documents once a party was on notice of a possible claim, writing:... Read more »

Posted: October 16, 2013

Court Orders Disclosure of Work Product When Counsel Creates the Appearance of Manipulating Witness Testimony

On October 3, 2013, Justice Kornreich of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in MBIA Ins. Corp. v Credit Suisse Sec.(USA) LLC, 2013 NY Slip Op 32404(U), addressing whether to order disclosure to defendant of “all communications between” certain key witnesses and plaintiff’s counsel, including “all versions, drafts, or iterations of the... Read more »