LA Fined $2.5M For 'Serious Abuse' Of Discovery In PwC Suit

Law360 (October 7, 2020, 9:47 PM EDT) -- Los Angeles must pay a $2.5 million fine in a since-dismissed lawsuit alleging PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP caused hundreds of millions in dollars in damages when it implemented a faulty utility billing system, a California state judge ruled Tuesday, finding a "serious abuse of discovery" by the city.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu M. Berle granted PwC's motion for monetary sanctions on Tuesday, according to a two-page minute order filed Wednesday, after the consulting firm argued that the city concealed evidence and then dismissed its suit last year in an effort to avoid producing those documents.

"Based upon review of the evidence...

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