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Case Blurb: Alcoa; Factors to help determine severity of sanctions for spoliation

Posted by rjbiii on August 29, 2007

The seriousness of the sanctions imposed by a court as a result of spoliation of evidence depends on (Consolidated Aluminum Corp. v. Alcoa, Inc., 2006 WL 2583308 (M.D.La) (citing Menges v. Cliffs Drilling Co., 2000 WL 765082 *6 (E.D.La.2000))):

  • The degree of fault of the party who altered or destroyed the evidence;
  • The degree of prejudice suffered by the opposing party; and
  • Whether there is a lesser sanction that will avoid substantial unfairness to the opposing party.
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