Eaton has to pay 1.5 million + for hiding records

For the second time in four months, a Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld Hinds County Circuit Judge Swan Yerger’s order imposing sanctions in the civil case Eaton Corp. v. Frisby Aerospace.

On June 12, 2008, Yerger ordered $1,560,642.83 in sanctions against Eaton Corp. and some of the attorneys who were involved in the case for intentionally not providing records.

Yerger set a Jan. 27, 2010, deadline for the defendants to pay but delayed the deadline until a ruling was made on Eaton’s Supreme Court appeal.

In March, the state’s high court denied Eaton’s appeal. Another panel of the court recently turned down Eaton’s request for reconsideration.

Eaton and Frisby’s attorneys will not discuss the case publicly.

“The information you asked about is under seal by the court, and we are not in a position to comment,” said Gary Klasen, a spokesman for Eaton.

“I won’t confirm or deny it,” said Alan Perry, an attorney for Frisby.

Clarion-Ledger
6/28/10