Lucent and Counsel to be Sanctioned for Withholding and Destroying Documents in Patent Infringement Case.

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Judge Ward in the Eastern District of Texas issued a ruling in November indicating that Lucent and Lucent’s counsel would be sanctioned in a patent infringement case. Lucent withheld four critical documents during much of the discovery process, revealing them in the eleventh hour in support of it’s expert’s rebuttal report. At the same time, deposition testimony made it clear …

Eleventh Circuit finds that adverse inference is insufficient where owner allows vehicle to be sold for salvage in crashworthiness suit.

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Following an accident in 1996, the plaintiff sent a letter to Daimler Chrysler notifying it of the accident and of the airbag’s failure to deploy. Daimler Chrysler replied to the letter, requesting the location of the vehicle for inspection purposes. Flury’s counsel never responded to defendant’s letter. Around six months later, the vehicle was sold. In 2002, the plaintiff filed …

Ninth Circuit holds that website intake from potential clients is not subject to disclosure.

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Granting a mandamus in an action where attorneys were compelled to turn over initial responses by clients on the Internet in suit against the makers of Paxil, the court re-affirmed the principle that the attorney-client privilege extends to initial consultations, even where the attorney and client acknowledge that no formal attorney-client relationship has been established. ‚ÄúPotential clients must be able …