7th Circuit affirms $413,000,000 judgment for discovery abuses
This case, originating out of IL ND, involved a shareholder dispute in a Polish business park venture. The crux of the complaint was that the defendants were using foreign accounts as a clearinghouse to hide funds. As you might imagine, numerous violations of court orders ensued. The best (or worst) of these was a protracted request for a hard drive that one defendant finally remembered he had given to his kids to play with two years prior. So clearly the children were to blame for its demise. Further notes of interest were that retired Mag. Nan Nolan was willing to let the defendants off with a proverbial slap on the wrist before plaintiffs took the matter to presiding Judge Elaine Bucklo, who took a decidedly different approach.
Default judgment for $413,000,000 and contempt orders were affirmed and stay of case was denied.
J. Flaum authored the opinion with J. Easterbrook and J. Tinder concurring.