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Mitchell-Roche Michael W. Mitchell, left, and Edward Roche, right, of Smith Anderson in Raleigh, North Carolina.

4th Circuit SpotlightA recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit emphasizes the importance of preserving electronically stored information and complying with discovery requests in litigation. In QueTel Corporation v. Abbas, the plaintiff fought to hold the defendants responsible for evading their evidence preservation obligations. The Fourth Circuit showed its willingness to uphold harsh sanctions for failing to preserve evidence.

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