Lawyers Go Outside The Box To Sanction Big-Money Cos.

By Jeremy Heallen (August 18, 2014, 3:11 PM EDT) -- Schlumberger Ltd.'s former in-house counsel is seeking to sanction the company for bringing a trade secrets case by having its current general counsel attend all future hearings, an example of how litigants are getting creative as they grapple with ways to impose meaningful sanctions on wealthy companies.

Charlotte Rutherford wants Harris County District Judge R.K. Sandill to force Schlumberger's general counsel to attend any future hearings in the case if the court finds that at least some of the causes of action filed against her must be dismissed under the Texas Citizens Participation Act, a law targeting strategic lawsuits against public participation....

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