Philly Legal World Rattled By $1M Witness Flub Sanction

Law360, Philadelphia (May 8, 2015, 6:30 PM EDT) -- A $1 million sanction recently leveled against Philadelphia-area defense attorney Nancy Raynor after an expert witness violated a pretrial order in a medical malpractice case has put the city's legal community on edge and prompted some to call for new guidance in how trial courts mete out punishments.

The sanction, which Judge Paul Panepinto in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas reaffirmed in a ruling at the end of April, came after an expert witness mentioned a plaintiff's smoking history during testimony in a 2012 medical malpractice case despite an explicit ban on the subject at trial.

And as the...

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