It didn't take long Friday for a courtroom packed with grim-faced attorneys to sense where a magistrate judge stands on sanctioning attorneys involved in a huge discovery failure by Qualcomm Inc. The judge came out swinging, saying the failure to turn over hundreds of thousands of documents to Broadcom Corp. during discovery represented "gross misconduct on a massive scale. ... if there isn't some kind of sanction, there's no deterrence. How can this possibly be tolerated in the age of digital evidence?"
Qualcomm Firms Meet a Stern Judge
October 15, 2007