Despite finding that counsel at Seyfarth Shaw “more than met its burden” of proving that a former Lenovo Global Technology employee intentionally wiped a company laptop hard drive clean knowing litigation was likely, a federal magistrate judge stopped short of dismissing the case as a sanction.

The plaintiff, Daniel McLaughlin, was employed as an account executive with Lenovo from July 2016, until his termination in April 2020. Weeks after he was terminated, McLaughlin filed the complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts alleging that Lenovo failed to pay him for commissions, a bonus, and certain business expenses spanning several years, in excess of $100,000.

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