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Tag Archives: Evidence

‘Disproportionate’ discovery sanctions rejected (access required)

Although the defendant was ordered to respond to long-overdue discovery, the sanctions requested by the plaintiff, including striking of a counterclaim and affirmative defenses, were disproportionate. As the pandemic likely made discovery more difficult and the parties are still litigating ...

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Lawyers for Unite the Right defendant must answer subpoenas (access required)

Two attorneys who represented a defendant in state-court criminal proceedings related to a Unite the Right rally failed to quash subpoenas served on them by plaintiffs. The subpoenas did not seek privileged documents, did not require conduct in violation of ...

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Expert’s damages opinion excluded as illogical and unreliable (access required)

An opinion about the damage caused by the loss of marketability of real property, during and after construction of a natural gas pipeline, was unsupported by any facts or data and relied on an inaccurate measure of damages. Background Mountain ...

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Delay in pursuing return of privileged document is fatal (access required)

County officials could not claw-back a purportedly privileged report prepared during an internal investigation because any privilege or protection was waived by the county’s significant delay in attempting to retrieve the files after learning they had been given to plaintiff’s ...

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Access to court documents trumps improper motive (access required)

A non-party’s alleged improper motive in seeking to unseal more than 1,300 pages attached to a motion for summary judgment was insufficient to continue the sealing. The documents were unsealed with personal identifying and financial information redacted. Background On March ...

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Claiming advice of counsel waives privilege (access required)

Where defendants raised advice of counsel as an affirmative defense to a suit alleging they improperly classified their employees, and where they made selective production of documents and produced their attorney for a deposition, they waived attorney-client privilege as to ...

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Scope of experts’ testimony at condemnation trial is clarified (access required)

In a trial over damages for land taken for an easement required for construction of a natural gas pipeline, the landowners’ expert may testify about the high demand for residential subdivisions, but cannot testify about the stigma attached to pipelines, ...

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