Laid-off litigant must reveal source of damning document in age discrimination row
IBM has demanded to the name of the person who leaked an internal document that appeared to show the company was deliberately targeting and firing older workers.
If IBM's proposed order [PDF] is granted by the court and survives any challenge, Langley could be forced to pay to fly company attorneys from New York to Texas, to lodge them, and for their time to conduct another deposition.
The amount could easily be thousands or tens of thousands of dollars, giving typical billing rates.
The judge handling the case, we're told, has resisted ruling on IBM's proposed order to compel testimony and impose sanctions, in the hope that the parties will work it out for themselves.
But given the stakes involved – exposing the document source to potential retaliation or litigation – an accord seems unlikely.