Susman Godfrey Fined Over Formatting In Amazon TM Suit

Law360, New York (March 31, 2017, 2:04 PM EDT) -- Susman Godfrey LLP must pay about $1,000 in sanctions after it strategically filed a brief on behalf of Amazon Web Services Inc. with the wrong line spacing, a New York federal court ordered on Thursday, in a software company's suit alleging that Amazon copied marketing for video and voice conferencing technology.

U.S. Federal District Judge Victor Marrero said in his order that the attorneys' 24-point spaced filing was intentional, allowing Amazon to sneak through a "substantially longer" brief than the prescribed double-spaced 25 pages.

"The flouting of this court's individual rules was a deliberate choice by counsel for Amazon to gain...

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