"A 'smackdown' event on January 7, 2008 resulted in a 'right hook to the chin' of the plaintiff?s attorneys in Qualcomm, Inc. v. Broadcom Corp.1 In a San Diego California federal courtroom, the attorneys felt the pain of an $8.6 million dollar “knockout” sanction for failure to produce discovery,2 which left everyone, including lawyers and your everyday court watchers, stunned. The sanctions were imposed by Magistrate Judge Barbara L. Major for discovery violations,3 . . . uhm, that would be e-discovery, thank you very much!"
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