Saturday, August 29, 2009
Case dismissed because of attorney's misconduct
When is attorney misconduct so egregious that it warrants dismissal of the client's case? That was the question for the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in determining whether to uphold the dismissal of a case that was thrown out for what Chicago federal district court Judge Milton Shadur described as a "virtually unbroken pattern of dilatory and irresponsible conduct" by plaintiffs lawyer Jorge Sanchez of Despres, Schwartz & Geoghegan. The appeals court upheld Shadur's decision, ruling that a district court's power to sanction for violations of the judicial process is necessary to ensure the integrity of the court. Go here for the full story.