5th Circ. Upholds Sanctions Against Law Firm In Tire Case

Law360, New York (June 21, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT) -- The Fifth Circuit on Thursday upheld nearly $30,000 in sanctions against law firm Smith & Fuller PA for inadvertently revealing Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.'s trade secrets and confidential information to other personal injury lawyers during the course of a products liability suit.

The Fifth Circuit rejected an appeal by Hugh N. Smith of Smith & Fuller, who had sought to overturn an award of sanctions in favor of Cooper Tire on the grounds that the district court lacked authority to impose sanctions and that the...
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