What went wrong in the massive e-discovery failure in the Qualcomm-Broadcom patent fight? The six lawyers who were hit with sanctions had a client who was less than fully candid, said the magistrate judge who exonerated them. But a better understanding of Qualcomm's computer systems would have helped, too.
There was good news and bad news in the magistrate judge's opinion for six lawyers who had once represented Qualcomm Inc. in litigation against Broadcom Corp. Two years earlier, the magistrate judge, Barbara Major, had sanctioned them for an egregious discovery lapse: failing to turn over to Broadcom thousands of significant e-mails in a high-stakes patent infringement trial.
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