ClarionLedger.com is reporting that Eaton Aerospace has failed to convince the Mississippi Supreme Court to overturn the $1.5 million sanction issued against it and its attorneys for discovery abuses.
We've covered this case extensively, for example: http://wombletradesecrets.blogspot.com/2010/04/criminal-theft-of-eaton-aerospace-trade.html; http://wombletradesecrets.blogspot.com/2009/01/federal-indictments-in-eaton-aerospace.html.
For the second time in four months, a Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld Hinds County Circuit Judge Swan Yerger's order imposing sanctions in the civil case Eaton Corp. v. Frisby Aerospace against Eaton Aerospace and some of its attorneys for discovery abuses.
On June 12, 2008, Yerger ordered $1,560,642.83 in sanctions against Eaton Corp. and some of the attorneys who were involved in the case for intentionally not providing records.
Yerger set a Jan. 27, 2010, deadline for the defendants to pay but delayed the deadline until a ruling was made on Eaton's Supreme Court appeal.
In March, the state's high court denied Eaton's appeal. Another panel of the court recently turned down Eaton's request for reconsideration.
This is a massive discovery sanction as far as discovery sanctions go.