Sheppard Mullin Sanctioned In $47M Telescope Antitrust Fight

Law360 (June 1, 2020, 11:17 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Monday sanctioned a Chinese telescope maker and its former counsel at Sheppard Mullin for misrepresenting its oversight of document production during post-trial discovery following a $47 million antitrust judgment.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Virginia K. DeMarchi rejected arguments by Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP — which was allowed to withdraw as counsel for defendant Ningbo Sunny Electronic Co. Ltd. last month — and found that the firm didn't police the company's untruthful responses.

The firm had argued that it shouldn't be blamed for any of Ningbo Sunny's discovery violations earlier this year because there had been...

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