A retailer’s belief that a security-camera recording will impeach a slip-and-fall plaintiff’s testimony is not grounds to delay its production in discovery, a federal judge held Tuesday, rejecting Walmart’s request to withhold the evidence until the plaintiff’s deposition.

“The purpose of the court system is to resolve civil disputes in a civil way. Thus, ‘gotcha games’ are not acceptable,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel Schneider wrote in Inferrera v. Walmart Stores, Inc., 11-cv-5675.

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