Dental Implant Co. Sanctioned For Destroying Docs In IP Row

Law360, San Francisco (November 26, 2013, 6:19 PM EST) -- A California federal judge sanctioned dental implant company Implant Direct Mfg. LLC for destroying evidence in rival Zest IP Holdings LLC's patent infringement case, saying Monday that he would warn the jury about missing emails and order Implant Direct to pay Zest's attorneys' fees.

U.S. Magistrate Judge William Gallo said Zest's argument convinced him that Implant Direct should have placed emails and other documents under a litigation hold when Implant Direct became aware of the impending lawsuit in 2008. Instead, at least two employees, executive Ines Aravena and CEO Gerald Niznick, deleted numerous emails, hampering Zest's ability to prosecute its patents...

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