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Tag Archives: Judge Joel Hoppe

Facts and documents admitted as sanction for discovery abuse (access required)

Where a defendant who was sued for injuries during the “Unite the Right” rallies ignored discovery requests and court orders over 18 months, and attorneys’ fees had already been awarded as a sanction, additional sanctions were warranted, including that certain ...

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Unite the Right defendant must provide access to social media accounts (access required)

After the Rule 30(b)(6) representative for the National Socialist Movement, or NSM, refused to comply with the plaintiffs’ counsel regarding discovery, he was ordered to produce social media accounts and passwords, as well as electronic devices that may contain potentially ...

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Unite the Right defendant must respond to discovery requests (access required)

The defendant, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of Heather Heyer at the Charlottesville rally in 2017, was ordered to supplement his “deficient,” “evasive or incomplete” discovery responses and to provide login information for his social media ...

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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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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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