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October 28, 2022

Philadelphia Attorney Sanctioned for Copying Opponent’s Brief

A Philadelphia attorney was recently sanctioned for plagiarizing sections of her opponent’s brief. According to the Memorandum supporting the order from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the attorney’s opponents sent her a copy of their motion before it was filed, and the attorney filed a motion in limine containing “word-for-word” paragraphs from the opponent’s motion, even reproducing three editing errors. The court sanctioned the attorney by assessing the attorneys fees generated by her opponents in responding to the plagiarized filing after reducing the fee award by $2256.00 to $8,483.55, finding that her plagiarism violated Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct rules 3.3 (Candor to the tribunal) and 8.4 (Misconduct).

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