Citing the need to restore “civility, professionalism and ethical conduct” in lawsuits, a federal magistrate judge in California recently referred several attorneys to the state bar for investigation of possible ethical violations after finding that their client withheld emails that the magistrate judge said undercut a key element of their client’s case. The district court judge already had imposed on the client over $8.5 million in sanctions relating to the same conduct. The case serves as a stark reminder of the need for clients and attorneys to work together during the electronic discovery process to ensure that all relevant evidence is produced
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