January 7, 1997 |
A federal judge fined Prudential Insurance Co. $1 million on Monday for repeatedly destroying documents relevant to a massive life insurance fraud lawsuit, and he criticized the company's top executives for failing to inform employees of a court order banning such destruction. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Alfred M.
October 5, 2004 |
A longtime lawyer for major cigarette manufacturers said Monday that government lawyers got it wrong when they speculated he would testify he knew firsthand that the industry had destroyed documents. Justice Department lawyers had written in a court filing that attorney Robert Northrip would say he knew that documents central to a lawsuit in Australia were destroyed. The suit involved an Australian subsidiary of British American Tobacco Co.
January 27, 1988 |
Lt. Col. Oliver North's $7,000 government-issue paper shredder was quick--it could chop one sheet of paper into 10,000 pieces in a second. But it was hardly high-tech or high volume when compared to document-shredding equipment used by firms in the records destruction business. Many document destruction workers travel in mobile units using Department of Defense-approved machinery that shreds, pounds and bales papers into a fibrous material small enough to be eaten by worms.
March 28, 2002 |
On Oct. 23, senior executives in Andersen's Houston offices that handled the firm's audit of a faltering client, Enron Corp., attended a meeting, one of a series they would hold that day. The topics of discussion, according to a typed agenda, included "SEC probe/shareholder lawsuits" and "soft and hard copy file review." The day before, Enron had disclosed a Securities and Exchange Commission inquiry involving its off-the-books partnerships. The Oct.
March 23, 2002 |
Nancy Temple, a lawyer for accounting firm Andersen being quizzed about her role in the shredding of Enron Corp. documents, cited her 5th Amendment right to keep silent 138 times Friday. Temple was deposed by lawyers who had filed a class-action suit against Andersen, which approved Enron's financial statements. In an unusual move, a federal judge in Houston permitted Temple and eight other Andersen employees to be questioned much earlier than such a case would normally allow.
June 30, 1988 |
Prosecutors in the Pentagon bribery and fraud investigation have learned of several instances of documents being destroyed by people implicated in the probe, according to court papers released Wednesday. The information was contained in a brief from the office of Henry E. Hudson, the U.S. attorney in Alexandria, Va., to a federal judge in Brooklyn whom the Long Island newspaper Newsday has asked to unseal certain documents.