Business & Corporate
KEEPING CURRENT: When Judges Attack: A Cautionary Tale of Lawyer Error in Two Cases
This article compares two recent Seventh Circuit decisions, both written by its chief judge, that illustrate how courts react to lawyer error. The usual course, followed in one case, is to forgive and forget. But a court is less likely to be in a forgiving mood, as demonstrated in the other case, when (1) as a result of attorney error, the court itself may never have had the power to hear the case, (2) the court had to do the work to extricate itself and the parties from the problem, and (3) the attorneys for the prevailing party disregarded the local and federal rules when seeking sanctions because the lawsuit was meritless.