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Today’s top story deals with discovery, as the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that producing copies of documents instead of originals can be spoliation, but a finding of bad faith is “pivotal” to determining spoliation. As reporter Gina Passarella writes, a 3rd Circuit panel found that U.S. District Court Judge Dennis Cavanaugh of the District of New Jersey abused his discretion in ordering a sanction of dismissal in Bull v. UPS, in which plaintiff Laureen Bull produced copies of documents instead of originals.
In other big news, the state Supreme Court suspended Traffic Court Judge Willie F. Singletary without pay in an order issued Thursday following Singletary allegedly showing a photograph of his genitals to a Philadelphia Parking Authority contractor, as reporter Amaris Elliott-Engel writes.
Also on Page 1 today, reporter Ben Present writes that the Luzerne County Common Pleas Court has regained complete control over adjudicating and disposing of the county’s juvenile cases. The county’s juvenile justice system was at the heart of one of the biggest judicial scandals in state history, widely known as the “kids-for-cash” scandal.
This week’s Bankruptcy Update is on Page 5 of The Legal, as Rudolph J. Di Massa Jr. and Catherine E. Beideman write that the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding in Stern v. Marshall ultimately has a narrow scope and doesn’t bar “lock-up” restrictions.
On Page 7 you’ll find this week’s Technology Law column, dealing with the potential for legacy data to come back to haunt your company.
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