Background here. I'll try to obtain additional information.
In granting part of the motion filed by the major studios, Marilyn Hall Patel on Tuesday ordered RealNetworks to pay studio legal fees related to its claims that RealNetworks destroyed the notebooks of one of its former program managers. The notebooks contain a timeline and details of RealNetworks' plans for the DVD-ripping software and Facets, a DVD player that would allow consumers to rip movies from discs and save them to the player’s hard drive for later playback.
UPDATE: I've uploaded the order here. The court actually bought much of Real's argument that it wasn't on notice of potential litigation until September 2008, and thus under no obligation to preserve documents before then. Here's the meat of the order:
Defendants’ motions are granted insofar as: (1) the court instructs the parties to negotiate and file a stipulated proposed Preservation Order for all existing and future documents relating to all products at issue in this litigation, including RealDVD, or Vegas, and Facet; (2) the court imposes monetary sanctions for Real’s failure to preserve Hamilton’s notebooks; (3) the court awards reasonable attorneys’ fees and related costs for pursuing the evidence of spoliation of Hamilton’s notebooks and for bringing this part of the sanctions motion; (4) the court will draw an adverse inference as to Real’s knowledge of ARccOS and Ripguard.RealDVD Spoliation Order
Defendants’ remaining motions for sanctions are denied.
Defendants are granted leave to file an application and declaration(s) for a monetary award(and a proposed order) including attorneys’ fees and costs in accordance with the preceding paragraph within thirty (30) days of the filing of this order. Real may respond as to reasonableness of the fees only and shall do so within thirty (30) days of the filing of the application.