Kelley Drye Attys' 'Bad Decisions' Don't Merit DQ, Judge Says

Law360 (June 21, 2019, 10:36 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal judge on Friday recommended denying a bid to disqualify Kelley Drye & Warren LLP for passing confidential discovery information to its client, calling the firm's conduct "disappointing" but suggesting in a strongly worded report that it should instead face sanctions and pay the legal fees stemming from the scuffle.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas B. Smith took the Kelley Drye attorneys to task for the breach, and the firm's failure to report the breach to the opposing party, Local Access LLC — chiding their "sloppiness" and "bad decisions." But he ultimately found that there was "no monster under the...

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