In several recent well publicized cases, the plaintiffs bar has successfully used a spoliation theory to drive costly discovery, to make in-house and outside counsel the focus of court hearings and trials, and to inflame the jury at trial. The plaintiffs bar seeks to expand the theory well beyond the particular plaintiff, product, and claim at issue in any given case. At this event, the panelists discuss their experiences where the plaintiff uses "spoliation of evidence" as yet another tool to make lawsuits about the litigation process rather than the
underlying merits of the claim. The panel also identifies and describes the ever changing tactics utilized by the plaintiffs bar and describes the effective counter-measures.
Bruce R. Parker, Venable LLP
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