4th Circuit Overturns Rule 11 Sanctions Against FEMA Attorney
The sanctions in this case were pretty harsh. The district court (1) directed the clerk to withdraw the attorney's appearance in the case, (2) instructed the attorney to affix a copy of the sanction order to all future submissions she filed in the D.S.C., (3) stated that any future applications made by the attorney before that particular judge would be summarily denied, (4) ordered the attorney to complete CLE courses in ethics, and (5) directed the attorney to provide a copy of the sanctions order and a transcript of the underlying motions hearing to the disciplinary board for her state bar. The district court also instructed FEMA and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to circulate the sanctions order to all attorneys within their respective offices and to address the matter in CLE efforts.
The attorney must be relieved to have escaped these sanctions.