Appellate court affirms dismissal of a party’s case, in its entirety, after corporate officers pass notes, send text messages to witnesses

The Third District Court of Appeal in Miami affirmed a trial court’s ruling throwing a case out of court after the manager of the plaintiff company passed a note to a witness during a deposition and a shareholder sent another witness text messages during his trial testimony. The appellate court noted that the dismissal should be a lesson for any corporate officer thinking about using “old or new methods of witness tampering” during depositions or at trial. For more information, see Sky Development, Inc. v. Vista View Development, Inc., 35 Fla. L. Weekly D1478 (Fla. 3d DCA July 7, 2010).