Trials & Litigation

After Fierce Federal Judge's Invitation to 'Kindergarten Party,' 2 Lawyers Settle Case

Updated: A federal judge known for not mincing words swiftly achieved the desired effect by inviting two apparently squabbling attorneys to a “kindergarten party” in his Austin, Texas, courtroom.

Following the much-publicized invitation by U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks, the two lawyers, Jonathan Woods and Travis Barton, not only settled their differences but settled the underlying case, reports the Wall Street Journal Law Blog. Judge Sparks has canceled the party.

Barton confirmed the settlement but declined to comment further, the article says. Woods didn’t respond to a request for comment.

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Updated Sept. 2 to reflect that the judge has canceled the “party.”

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