The ABA’s Litigation News has an interesting story on a defense lawyer in a medical malpractice case who was found to have knowingly violated an order on a motion in limine and sanctioned almost $1,000,000.
A court order is an order, not a suggestion. It is possible, in the heat of trial, to make an error and violate an order. While this is and should be consequences of such a mistake, but when, as the trial judge said here, “it is glaringly apparent that [defense counsel’s] conduct was orchestrated to improperly influence the outcome of this trial” there will be hell, or almost $1,000,000, to pay.
I love to win and I hate to lose. I despise people, including lawyers, who feel the need to cheat to win. I cannot see why any responsible insurer, company or individual would ever hire this lawyer in the future.