A party that destroyed potential evidence after its lawyers at Pashman Stein failed to impose a litigation hold and left it to the company’s nonlawyer CFO to sort out what was relevant has been slapped with spoliation sanctions.

In a ruling on Wednesday, District Judge Esther Salas found that N.V.E. Inc., an Andover nutritional supplement company, did not destroy records deliberately but was grossly negligent in failing to preserve them.

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