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California Judge Says Sutter Health Destroyed Evidence

Magazine article Information Management

California Judge Says Sutter Health Destroyed Evidence

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As reported by The Los Angeles Times, a state judge in California recently said that Sutter Health intentionally destroyed documents that employers and labor unions were seeking in a lawsuit that accuses the company of abusing its market power and charging inflated prices.

San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Curtis E.A. Karnow said Sutter destroyed documents "knowing that the evidence was relevant to antitrust issues." The judge cited an internal e-mail by a Sutter employee who said she was "running and hiding" after ordering the recordsto be destroyed in 2015. The documents in question had originally been scheduled for destruction in 2035.

The employee, Executive Assistant Sina Santagata, testified in a deposition that she was not aware of any other time in her 17 years at Sutter when stored records were destroyed.

After seeing the order to destroy the records, Santagata e-mailed a contracting officer, saying "I've pushed the button ... if someone is in need of a box between 3/15/95 & 11/23/05 ... I'm running and hiding. ... 'Fingers crossed' that I haven't authorized something the FTC will hunt me down for. …

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