Jones Day Video Sanction Shows Attys Can Go Too Far

Law360, Houston (July 31, 2014, 9:43 PM EDT) -- A federal judge's unusual decision to force a Jones Day attorney to make a training video explaining proper discovery procedure as punishment for incessantly objecting during her successful defense of Abbott Laboratories should serve as a reminder that good-faith but overly zealous advocacy can land attorneys in the penalty box, experts say.

Pointing to “an astounding number” of deposition objections Jones Day partner June K. Ghezzi raised while helping Abbott fend off claims that a bacterial contamination in the company’s powdered infant formula caused a newborn to develop meningitis, U.S. District Judge Mark W. Bennett recently ordered the lawyer to produce...

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