Tagged: Victor Stanley II

District Judge Overturns Part of Victor Stanley II Ordering Immediate Jail Time to a Defendant Based on a Possible Future Failure to Pay Spoliation Sanctions 0

District Judge Overturns Part of Victor Stanley II Ordering Immediate Jail Time to a Defendant Based on a Possible Future Failure to Pay Spoliation Sanctions

As previously reported, in Magistrate Judge Grimm’s September 9, 2010, decision and order, often referred to as Victor Stanley II, defendant Creative Pipe, Inc. and its principal, defendant Mark T. Pappas, were sanctioned for intentionally violating the court’s preservation and production orders. Among other things, Magistrate Judge Grimm ordered defendants to pay plaintiff’s costs and attorneys’ fees allocable to their spoliation. Judge Grimm further ordered that Mr. Pappas be imprisoned for no more than two years, “unless and until” he pays the fee award. Judge Grimm regarded this sanction as “absolutely essential” in light of his conviction that, “[w]ithout the threat of jail time, … Plaintiff will receive a paper judgment that does not enable it to recover its considerable out-of-pocket losses caused by Pappas’s spoliation.” By Order dated September 30, 2010, the Honorable Marvin J. Garbis, U.S.D.J., entered Magistrate Judge Grimm’s September 9 order essentially verbatim, including that, “[p]ursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 37(b)(2)(A)(vii), Defendant Pappas’s acts of spoliation shall be treated as contempt of this Court, and as a sanction, he shall be imprisoned for a period not to exceed two (2) years, unless and until he pays to Plaintiff the attorney’s fees and costs that will be awarded ….” (Emphasis added.)

Gibbons E-Discovery Task Force Reaches New Heights 0

Gibbons E-Discovery Task Force Reaches New Heights

On October 28, the Gibbons E-Discovery Task Force hosted its fourth annual full day E-Discovery Conference, with more than 100 clients, in-house counsel and other contacts in attendance. Devoted to the latest developments in electronic discovery and corporate information management, this program included speakers who are among the most respected names in the e-discovery field, including former United States Magistrate Judges John Hughes and Ronald Hedges, e-discovery authority Michael Arkfeld, and representatives of leading corporations and e-discovery service providers. Among the Gibbons attorneys who presented and moderated panels were Task Force Chair, Mark S. Sidoti, Chair of the firm’s Employment Law Department, Christine A. Amalfe, and Task Force members, Luis J. Diaz, Phillip J. Duffy, Scott J. Etish, Lan Hoang and Jeffrey L. Nagel.

Expert Panel Offers Advice On Executing Effective Legal Holds Following Pension Committee, Rimkus and Victor Stanley II At Gibbons Fourth Annual E-Discovery Conference 0

Expert Panel Offers Advice On Executing Effective Legal Holds Following Pension Committee, Rimkus and Victor Stanley II At Gibbons Fourth Annual E-Discovery Conference

The failure to properly implement, monitor and refine legal holds can have devastating results, transforming manageable legal issues into high-stakes nightmares. To offer guidance on avoiding this, on Thursday, October 28, 2010, Gibbons P.C. held its Fourth Annual E-Discovery Conference, where it assembled a panel of experts for a roundtable discussion on legal hold best practices after the issuance this year of three must-read decisions on this topic: Pension Committee, Rimkus and Victor Stanley II.

Gibbons to Host 4th Annual E-Discovery Conference – October 28, 2010 0

Gibbons to Host 4th Annual E-Discovery Conference – October 28, 2010

The Gibbons E-Discovery Task Force will host its fourth annual full day E-Discovery Conference on October 28, 2010, in the firm’s Newark, NJ office. Devoted to the latest developments in electronic discovery and corporate information management, this program will include speakers who are among the most respected names in the e-discovery field, including former United States Magistrate judges John Hughes and Ronald Hedges, e-discovery authority Michael Arkfeld, and representatives of leading corporations and e-discovery service providers.