Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mass. Appellate Division holds that preclusion of insurer's experts as sanction for nonproduction of documents violated due process

Advanced Spine Centers sued Commerce for PIP and 93A damages. In discovery it sought a number of documents, including reports written by Commerce's proposed experts in other cases. Commerce produced copies of reports of its proposed experts for the case at hand, but asserted that it had no other reports in its possession, custody or control.

Advance moved in limine to preclude the experts from testifying because Commerce had not provided the requested reports. The trial court allowed the motion.

In Advanced Spine Centers, Inc. v. Commerce Ins. Co., 2012 WL 2153943 (Mass. App. Div.), the Massachusetts Appellate Division overturned that ruling, holding that the sanction was too broad and violated the principles of due process.

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