Category Archives: Sanctions

Former Dallas Cowboy Deion Sanders Sanctioned, Ordered To Show Cause in N.D. Tex. Qui Tam Case

On August 11, 2017, Magistrate Judge Ramirez sanctioned former Dallas Cowboys player Deion Sanders and ordered him to show cause in a qui tam case brought against Sanders. In the sanctions Order (available here), Judge Ramirez noted that Sanders failed … Continue reading

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Magistrate Judge Toliver Sanctions Defendant $7,500 And Precludes Testimony For Failure To Appear For Deposition

On August 8, 2017, Magistrate Judge Toliver issued an Order (available here) in National Urban League v. Urban League of Greater Dallas & North Central Texas. The Order is worth a read as a reminder of some of the bad … Continue reading

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Lesson From The Fifth Circuit – Don’t Wait To Spring Your Best Evidence On Your Opponent At A Deposition

On December 12, 2016, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district-court decision sanctioning two attorneys ($1,000 each) for “certifying that their clients’ initial disclosures under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a)(1) were complete and correct even though the … Continue reading

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Magistrate Judge Horan’s Heller v. City of Dallas Opinion: Laying Down the Law With Respect to Discovery Responses

Late last year, Magistrate Judge Horan issued a 62 page opinion (available here) in Heller v. City of Dallas, 303 F.R.D. 466 (N.D. Tex. 2014). The opinion is notable in many respects, as it provides important guidelines that should be followed … Continue reading

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Judge Means Issues Sanctions For Violation of Protective Order in PAR Systems v. IPhoton Solutions

On October 17, 2012, Judge Means entered an Order (available here) sanctioning defendants for their counsel’s admitted (albeit inadvertent) violation of the Court’s protective order. Judge Means rejected plaintiffs’ suggested sanction: granting plaintiffs a royalty-free license with plaintiffs later paying … Continue reading

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Federal Circuit Upholds (In Part) Attorney’s Fees Award in Highmark v. Allcare Patent Infringement Case

On August 7, 2012, the Federal Circuit issued a decision (available here) in Highmark, Inc. v. Allcare Health Management Systems, Inc.  Allcare (the patent owner) had appealed Judge Means’ exceptional case order (under 35 U.S.C. § 285) and award of attorney’s … Continue reading

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Judge Means Grants Sanctions in Par Systems v. iPhoton Solutions For Violation of Protective Order’s Prosecution Bar

On April 17, 2012, Judge Means granted the plaintiffs’ motion for sanctions in Par Systems v. iPhoton Solutions after defendants’ counsel violated the prosecution bar of the protective order.  (Order available here.)  In patent infringement cases, Courts routinely enter protective … Continue reading

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Mick Haig’s Counsel Sanctioned by Judge Godbey

On September 9, 2011, Judge Godbey sanctioned the plaintiff’s counsel in Mick Haig Productions v. Does 1-670.  Specifically, Judge Godbey sanctioned the plaintiff’s counsel $10,000 for issuing subpoenas to ISPs in violation of a Court Order.  Judge Godbey also ordered … Continue reading

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Fifth Circuit Vacates Judge McBryde’s Triple Tee Golf Sanctions Order

Last February, we blogged about Judge McBryde’s 114-page Triple Tee Golf opinion sanctioning several attorneys (and their client) for allegedly violating Rule 11.  We just noticed that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, in an unpublished opinion from April 2011 … Continue reading

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The Mick Haig John Does Strike Back, Seek Sanctions Against Mick Haig’s Counsel

Last October, we blogged about Mick Haig’s lawsuit against 670 “John Doe” defendants who allegedly illegally downloaded Mick Haig’s adult film, thereby allegedly committing copyright infringement.  We noted that Mick Haig’s counsel intended to obtain the names of the John … Continue reading

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