Monetary Sanctions Imposed on Counsel and Client for Discovery Violations


The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington imposed monetary sanctions on plaintiff Play Visions, Inc. and its counsel for failure to search for documents in a timely fashion, delayed and inadequate document production, false certification that the relevant records were maintained only in paper format, and for counsel's specific failure to adequately understand the client's document retention system or assist in production.

Following over a year of contentious litigation, Play Visions moved to voluntarily dismiss its suit with prejudice. Defendants Dollar Tree Inc., and Greenbrier International, Inc. did not oppose the dismissal, but sought sanctions for alleged discovery misconduct and moved to recover fees and costs.

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