In a discovery imbroglio in a Baylor University sexual assault case, a Texas federal court sanctioned Philadelphia-based firm Pepper Hamilton, which must pay the attorney fees and expenses the plaintiffs spent in the records dispute. It’s not yet clear how much the sanction will be as the plaintiffs have until Aug. 20 to submit evidence of their fees and expenses.
Yet on the other side, Baylor has spent $4.5 million in the discovery process and produced more than 3 million pages of records, said Baylor spokesman Jason Cook, who declined to comment on the court’s order. “It costs a lot of money to hide materials,” said Brazil & Dunn partner Chad Dunn of Austin, who represents the plaintiffs. He said the plaintiffs had to file hundreds of pages of motions in the discovery fight.