Legal Memorandum: Sanctions for Failure to Produce Documents in MO

Issue: Could a court be justified in applying sanctions over a failure to produce documents in Missouri?

Area of Law: Litigation & Procedure
Keywords: Applying sanctions; Failure to produce documents; Discovery
Jurisdiction: Missouri
Cited Cases: 969 S.W.2d 894
Cited Statutes: None
Date: 07/01/2013

A court may be justified in applying sanctions if the record reveals a pattern of repeated disregard of a court’s order to comply with discovery.  Stockmann v. Frank, 239 S.W.3d 650, 655 (Mo. Ct. App. 2007).  “Where the record reveals a long course of failure to produce documents, or the facts show a pattern of repeated disregard to comply with discovery, a court is justified in applying sanctions.”  Dobbs v. Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers, Inc., 969 S.W.2d 894, 899 (Mo. Ct. App. 1998); State ex rel. Lieberman v. Goldman, 781 S.W.2d 802, 808 (Mo.App.1989). 


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