Saturday, October 13, 2007

Oops! How did those 19 lawyers miss 200,000 emails?

19 lawyers were asked yesterday in federal court in San Diego to explain how they could have failed to discover more than 200,000 e-mails related to a case that their employer, Qualcomm, had filed against another chip maker.

The lawyers have offered no explanation. Maybe they were thinking what I was thinking: "Isn't such behavior par for the course in our justice system?"

U.S. Magistrate Barbara Major begs to differ. Her review of the record found "gross misconduct on a massive scale."

Qualcomm's lawyer Bill Boggs had the usual response: "Mistakes were made."

Who believes him? Not anyone who is familiar with the way lawyers in the US practice law.

Judge Major said, "If there is no sanction for misconduct, then where is the deterrence?"

I referred to a San Diego Union Tribune article by Bruce Bigelow for the above information.

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