Judge Slams Scotts, Orders New Witness Deposition

Law360, New York (December 17, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- A judge declined to sanction Miracle-Gro maker Scotts Co. LLC for obstructing a deposition in an insurance dispute with Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. but ordered a new deposition of one of its witnesses and strongly admonished the company for its conduct on Thursday.

“A recurring feature of this litigation has been the apparent rancor between counsel for the parties, if not between the parties themselves,” wrote Magistrate Judge Norah King of the Southern District of Ohio.

The case concerns whether Liberty Mutual defrauded Scotts about its...
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