In a stern order and opinion, a federal judge has rapped a trio of health care companies for failing to comply with discovery requests.

In a contract dispute between the companies and a pharmaceutical business that sued them, U.S. District Judge Julie E. Carnes on March 19 found that the defendants’ have “clearly and blatantly failed to meet their discovery obligations,” and that their reasons for not producing documents, answers and witnesses varied from “unacceptable” and “unpersuasive” to “ridiculous.” In one instance, said Carnes, of the Northern District of Georgia, she found evidence of “bad faith.”

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