Doniger / Burroughs Obtains Sanctions of $13,317.50 and Exclusion of Witness for Discovery Abuse

Los Angeles, CA – Clients often ask what happens when a defendant is uncooperative in discovery.  If your counsel is Doniger / Burroughs, the result could be sanctions of over $13,000.00 plus a court order that effectively precludes the offering of a defense. Such was the case recently when a defendant refused to produce a proper witness and certain evidence.  The Magistrate Judge overseeing discovery in the case styled Minx Int’l. v. Pacific Eurotex, Case No. 2:13-cv-5950 saw through the flimsy defenses offered by defense counsel and ordered payment of over $13,000.00 in sanctions while also excluding one of the defendant’s key trial witnesses.

Partner Stephen M. Doniger, who secured the ruling, commented: “This should serve as a deterrent to copyright infringers who think they can play hide-the-ball until the eve of trial.”

Editor’s note: The case settled after the discovery order on favorable terms.

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    Doniger / Burroughs is California’s premier fashion, art, entertainment, and technology law boutique. The firm has resolved more than 1,000 disputes over the almost 20 years it has been in existence, and has represented all manner of individuals and businesses in the creative industries. Its lawyers have extensive state and federal court experience, and hail from well-regarded law schools. The firm has been on the forefront of cutting-edge copyright law, appearing often before judges, juries, and the Courts of Appeal. It has tried more copyright infringement cases than virtually any other firm over the last 5-10 years, and has obtained for its clients numerous six- and seven-figure verdicts and settlements.

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