Eric Goldman details the facts of a case where an attorney told his client to "clean up" his Facebook page (which contained some unflattering photos) during a wrongful death suit, even after the other side requested its contents in discovery.
The scheme was easily detected by opposing counsel, and the lawyer was hit with a $542,000 sanction. (The client was also ordered to pay $180,000 to cover the other side's attorneys' fees for litigating the issue.)
Ultimately, the sanctioned lawyer and his client won an $11 million verdict, and the Court of Appeals recently reinstated the entire verdict. So the lawyer is still coming out way ahead on this case.
But it sort of frustrating to know that a lawyer who is stupid and unethical enough to order his client to tamper with or destroy evidence is taking home a multi-million dollar payday.