Appeals Courtroom Pauses Jury Trial As Michaels Shops Fights Spoliation Sanction

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shopping cart in a store. Photo: pixfly/Shutterstock

An appeals court that halted a trial scheduled for Monday – after Michaels Stores Inc. argued a judge in Houston over-sanctioned him for tainting evidence – is now hearing the other side, which aims to block the retailer's appeal .

The 14th appellate court had suspended the trial to give Michaels more time to argue that 157th District Judge Tanya Garrison made a mistake by punishing the company for not having an alleged broken shopping cart who fell over injuring a three year old girl and by deleting the surveillance video just 30 days after the incident.

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