Spoliation — Fifth Circuit Requires Bad Faith as Prerequisite to Adverse Inference Instruction

Clayton v. Columbia Cas. Co., 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 23969 (5th Cir. Nov. 26, 2013):

A finding of spoliation requires the "bad faith" destruction of evidence relevant to the litigation. Condrey v. SunTrust Bank of Ga., 431 F.3d 191, 203 (5th Cir. 2005) ("The Fifth Circuit permits an adverse inference against the destroyer of evidence only upon a showing of 'bad faith'".); Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc. v. Cammarata, 688 F. Supp. 2d 598, 612-13 (S.D. Tex. 2010).

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