It goes without saying that lawyers on both sides should follow the rules when dealing with pretrial discovery issues. A federal judge in Mobile has ordered lawyers for ThyssenKrupp to pay more than $11,000 to a Plaintiff’s lawyer in a discrimination lawsuit for failing to cooperate with the other side. U.S. Magistrate Judge Katherine Nelson previously had found that the lawyers had failed to turn over documents and make the steel mill’s human resources manager and other employees available for depositions. The judge found “a pattern on the part of Defendant’s counsel to thwart every effort of the Plaintiff’s counsel to schedule the depositions critical to Plaintiff’s case.”
The Plaintiff’s lawyer now has all of the documents he sought and has questioned ThyssenKrupp’s employees under oath. Plaintiff Regina White, who is black, alleged in her lawsuit that she took a job as an operations controller making $85,000 a year and later discovered that two white women hired to the same position after her received salaries of thousands of dollars more. The case is scheduled for trial for this month. There is no excuse for lawyers – regardless of which side they represent – to refuse to follow the rules that govern pretrial discovery. It’s good to see judges making sure the rules are followed.
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