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High Court Reins In Judges On Misconduct Sanctions

By Andrew Strickler (April 20, 2017, 2:43 PM EDT) -- A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday setting ​boundaries ​​​on litigation sanctions will discourage judges from handing down penalties that go beyond making victims whole to more severely punish attorneys and their clients who engage in discovery shenanigans or other misconduct, experts say.

The decision​ — ​which upended a $2.7 million fine against Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. for withholding a key test in a vehicle crash case and remanded the case for further review​ — ​also puts a heavier burden on those seeking such penalties to show exactly which instances of misconduct triggered particular legal fees they wouldn't have otherwise...

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