In broad ruling, US judge sanctions party for relying on vendor in cross-border case


By: Robert Hilson
Date: Thursday, February 7, 2013

It’s said that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. This seems especially true in e-discovery, where little knowledge of search protocols has now resulted in penalties on a defendant in a patent suit in Chicago.

A US magistrate judge last month sanctioned Crimson AV for its inability to answer basic questions about how it gathered documents from its China-based parent, Sycamore. Crimson was found to “have played no part in the process of obtaining the requested discovery… or in determining what might be relevant to plaintiff’s request,” said Judge Susan Cox, of the Northern District of Illinois.

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