Fed. Circ. Finds Lazy Lawyering No Defense Against Sanctions

Law360, New York (July 26, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Thursday found that an attorney who failed to take basic steps to fulfill discovery obligations could not escape sanctions for failing to provide discovery information in an Internet telephone patent dispute between Rates Technology Inc. and Mediatrix Telecom Inc.

In a precedential opinion, the Federal Circuit affirmed a lower court's imposition of almost $87,000 in sanctions against James B. Hicks of Hicks Parks LLP for failing to obey a discovery order in the patent dispute, finding that the sanctions were valid because...
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