Judge Ups Sanctions For Safeway In Overcharge Row

Law360, New York (October 6, 2016, 7:28 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Thursday issued a corrected discovery sanction order for Safeway for failing to find a cache of documents for a class action over grocery overcharges, upping the total from $516,000 to more than $688,000.

U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar said that while there was no evidence of bad faith in Safeway Inc.'s inability to find 10 responsive documents, the company's lack of oversight and other problems made the discovery flubs "objectively unreasonable."

Judge Tigar noted that there was no evidence that the grocer's counsel from Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP had monitored a search of...

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