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{1} This case requires us to examine the scope and manner of exercise of a courts inherent power to sanction litigants for spoliating evidence before initiating litigation. Plaintiffs appeal the dismissal of their suit, which they filed against Defendants for damages caused by a fire at a restaurant in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Before filing suit, Plaintiffs allowed a fire-suppression system to be destroyed during renovation of the restaurant. The fire-suppression system allegedly failed, allowing the fire to become more destructive than it should have been. All Defendants maintain they needed access to it to prepare their respective defenses. After learning of the loss of the fire-suppression system, Defendants all moved either for summary judgment or dismissal. The district court granted each of the motions because Plaintiffs had permitted the destruction of evidence that should have been preserved. We reverse and remand for reconsideration in light of this opinion.

GENRE
Professional & Technical
RELEASED
1999
24 June
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
15
Pages
PUBLISHER
LawApp Publishers
SELLER
Innodata Book Distribution Services Inc
SIZE
73.7
KB

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