Ross Sys., Inc. v. Advanced Envtl. Recycling Techs., Inc.Annotate this Case
Ross Systems contracted with advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies (AERT) to provide a new software system to manage business functions. AERT filed suit against Ross, alleging deceit, deceptive trade practices, and breach of contract. Ross counterclaimed for breach of contract. During the discovery process, AERT filed a motion for sanctions based on Ross's alleged failure to comply with a circuit court order to provide complete responses to AERT's requests for admission, interrogatories, and production of documents. During a hearing on the motion for sanctions, the circuit court struck Ross's answer. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the circuit court did not abuse its discretion in imposing the sanction because the sanction was imposed only after the court considered all of the circumstances surrounding Ross's conduct, including the failure to obey the court's order.