Middleton/Ontiveros v. Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. and Audon Ontiveros 1/16/02

Middleton/Ontiveros v. Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. and Audon Ontiveros, State of South Carolina, County of Hampton, In the Court of Common Pleas (1/16/02)

Plaintiffs systematically proved that Cooper Tire had concealed, in violation of court order, wide ranging evidence of its knowledge of tire failures as well as other evidence of problems with its tires. After a lengthy hearing, the trial court entered a detailed order documenting a pattern of concealment of evidence and discovery abuse touching almost every facet of the case. The court also ordered a further investigation to determine the full extent of that misconduct before an ultimate sanction was levied. Plaintiff had moved for default to be entered against Cooper Tire as a result of that pervasive misconduct. Before that final hearing was held to determine whether to default Cooper Tire, the case was settled.

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