​​​​​​​'Patently Frivolous' Appeal Brief Gets Atty 7th Circ. Sanctions

By Craig Clough (December 16, 2019, 10:16 PM EST) -- A panel of Seventh Circuit judges held Monday that an attorney who submitted an "incoherent" appellate brief with "utterly baseless factual assertions" should be sanctioned and ordered to pay attorney fees for consuming judicial resources in a discrimination suit levied by a former Mars warehouse worker.

Jordan T. Hoffmann violated several requirements of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure in his brief, which he admitted allowing his client to write and submit on his behalf, according to the order issued by the panel.

Although Hoffman accepted responsibility, the panel wrote that "judicial resources were needlessly consumed, and the defendants were put...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.

  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!


Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!