Texas Contempt Order Should Put Associates On Notice

Law360 (March 26, 2018, 9:39 PM EDT) -- When a Texas federal judge rebuked attorneys for filing a Fair Labor Standards Act suit based on an invalidated overtime expansion rule, he refused to spare associates on the case from his contempt order in what experts say is a prime example of the tough ethics decisions young lawyers face.

Senior partners at Outten & Golden LLP and Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC had tried to shoulder the blame for the litigation strategy that drew ire from U.S. District Judge Amos L. Mazzant III, telling the judge that two eighth-year associates didn’t have decision-making authority in bringing a lawsuit that...

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