February 16, 2004

You're No Martha

According to a Reuters report, plaintiffs' counsel in the securities class action pending against Parmalat SpA in the S.D.N.Y. has sought a court order preventing the destruction of documents by the company and its advisors. District Judge Lewis Kaplan was apparently unimpressed with the request. Noting that destruction of documents is a criminal offense and any order would be redundant, the judge suggested at a hearing on Friday that the request for an order was done mainly for the benefit of the media. "If anyone wants to file papers on this, God bless them," Judge Kaplan said. "But don't waste my time."

Quote of note: In response to plaintiffs' counsel's description of the Parmalat case as "unusually high-profile," Judge Kaplan responded - "Not by the standards of this district. There is nobody named Martha in this case."

Posted by Lyle Roberts at February 16, 2004 6:47 AM | TrackBack
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