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Boeing’s Sanction Challenge Rejected in Stratotanker Trial

Feb. 28, 2020, 9:04 PM

An Alabama federal court sanctioned Boeing Co. for evidence destruction with an adverse inference instruction to the jury in a contract breach trial involving the KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft.

Boeing failed to show that the sanction—telling the jury to presume that lost information was unfavorable to Boeing—would be improper, according to the one-page order issued Friday by Judge R. David Proctor of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.

The instructions were issued Thursday.

Plaintiffs Alabama Aircraft Industries Inc. and Pemco Aircraft Engineering Services Inc. accuse Boeing of breaching a partnership agreement to bid on a KC-135 Stratotanker...

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