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spoliation

n. ~ The intentional destruction, alteration, or concealment of evidence, especially documents.

Notes: 

In general, courts have found that the routine destruction of records after reasonable, scheduled retention periods is not spoliation. However, if there is a reasonable likelihood of litigation or audit, destruction of relevant records may be considered spoliation, even if the retention period has passed.

Citations:
(Skupsky and Manta–a 1994, p. 105) Additionally, the spoliation, or attempt to suppress material evidence by a party to the suit, favorable to an adversary, is sufficient foundation for an inference of his guilt or negligence.