Judge's Rebuke Of Mass. AG Has Lessons For All Attorneys

Law360 (May 12, 2021, 1:30 PM EDT) -- It's a situation every lawyer dreads: standing helplessly in open court as the judge reprimands you for making questionable arguments or failing to comply with a deadline. Often dubbed the "benchslap," these judicial rebukes feature prominently in daily legal industry social media updates, no doubt because there will always be a market for schadenfreude.

Lawyers from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's office found themselves on the receiving end of such a rebuke at a recent hearing before Judge Douglas P. Woodlock of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts because they refused to respond to a number of discovery requests in...

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