Fed. R. Civ. P. 11 is a "stop, look, and listen" rule. It requires an attorney certify that, among other things, there is a factual and legal basis, formed after a reasonable inquiry, for a pleading that she signs. Failure to comply with the rule can result in sanctions. What does this obligation require of an attorney? And how does the duty to preserve relate to Rule 11? This episdoe of Gavel Talks will address these questions for the benefit of judges, attorneys, and law students.
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