Sekisui Sanctioned For Email Deletion In Merger Fight

Law360, Los Angeles (August 15, 2013, 10:43 PM EDT) -- Sekisui America Corp. was sanctioned in a rare decision Thursday for deleting the emails of the former president of a merger target whom it is suing for breach of contract, when a New York federal judge reversed a magistrate’s ruling that the emails hadn’t been erased maliciously.

Sekisui is suing Richard Hart, former president of America Diagnostica Inc., alleging he gave Sekisui misleading information when negotiating the merger. But the documents that were supposed to prove whether or not he gave false information were deleted by...
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