14151617When a party fails to obey an order relating to discovery, the trial court may strike that party's pleadings and enter a default judgment. Griffin, 334 S.C. at 198, 511 S.E.2d at 718 (citing Rule 37(b)(2)(c), SCRCP); see also
Karppi, 327 S.C. at 542, 489 S.E.2d at 682 (explaining that Rule 37, SCRCP, expressly grants trial court power to order judgment by default for either the violation of a court order or, upon motion, for party's failure to respond to certain discovery requests). When a court orders a sanction that results in default or dismissal, “the end result is harsh medicine that should not be administered lightly.” Griffin, 334 S.C. at 198, 511 S.E.2d at 718; see also
Karppi, 327 S.C. at 547, 489 S.E.2d at 684 (Anderson, J., concurring) (“A sanction which results in a default or dismissal is harsh punishment which should be *257 imposed only if there is some showing of willful disobedience or gross indifference to the rights of the adverse party.”). The sanction should be aimed at the specific misconduct of the party sanctioned and should not be used improvidently to prevent a decision on the merits. Griffin, 334 S.C. at 198, 511 S.E.2d at 719; Karppi, 327 S.C. at 543, 489 S.E.2d at 682. The sanction imposed should be reasonable, and the court should not go beyond the necessities of the situation to foreclose a decision on the merits of a case. Karppi, 327 S.C. at 543, 489 S.E.2d at 682. Finally, when a sanction “would be tantamount to granting a judgment by default, the moving party must show bad faith, willful disobedience or gross indifference to its rights to justify the sanction.” Griffin, 334 S.C. at 198-99, 511 S.E.2d at 719; see also
Karppi, 327 S.C. at 543, 489 S.E.2d at 682 (“Before invoking this severe remedy, the trial court must determine that there is some element of bad faith, willfulness, or gross indifference to the rights of other litigants.”).