Friday, November 03, 2006

Writing poorly: judge requires a make-up assignment

As a writing teacher, I have to enjoy one judge's creative sanction in a federal case from Iowa. The lawyer had submitted objections to discovery that were "boilerplate, obstructionist, frivolous, overbroad" and generally contrary to law. But as a sanction, the judge required not the payment of money but the writing of a paper. The lawyer was ordered to "write an article explaining why it is improper to assert the objections that he asserted in this case" and submit it for publication to two bar journals. St. Paul Reinsurance Co. Ltd. v. Commercial Fin. Corp., 198 F.R.D. 508, 511 (N.D. Iowa 2000).

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