7th Circ. OKs Sanctions Against Ex-Baker McKenzie Paralegal

Law360 (April 26, 2019, 9:36 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit on Friday affirmed that a former Baker McKenzie paralegal must pay the firm's attorney fees after she dropped her $200 million discrimination lawsuit against the firm in order to avoid complying with court-ordered discovery. 

Because Elena Stephens disobeyed an Illinois federal court's discovery orders, she must pay the "reasonable expenses" caused by the failure to comply, including the firm's legal fees, the Seventh Circuit said in an unpublished decision.

"Stephens repeatedly and without any justification refused to obey the court's orders to produce discovery relevant to her claim and [Baker McKenzie's] defense. She ultimately withdrew her case only...

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