Legal Ethics

Lawyer sanctioned $1M wins stay of collection efforts

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A Pennsylvania lawyer sanctioned $1 million for allegedly eliciting banned testimony will get a chance to present new evidence refuting the claim.

The Pennsylvania Superior Court temporarily stayed collection efforts against the lawyer, Nancy Raynor, and ordered the judge who imposed the sanction to hold an evidentiary hearing within 15 days, the Legal Intelligencer and the Philadelphia Inquirer report.

The court also allowed Raynor to access frozen business accounts.

Judge Paul Panepinto of Philadelphia said in an opinion that Raynor “sabotaged” a medical malpractice case when her expert witness testified about smoking by the decedent, whose family was suing for failure to diagnose lung cancer. Raynor represented a defendant.

Raynor wants to present an affidavit from a litigation technology consultant who said he overheard Raynor tell the witness about the ban on smoking testimony.

Hat tip to How Appealing.

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