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Civil Practice: Discovery Abuse – Dismissal With Prejudice – Reassignment

Sentis Group, Inc. v. Shell Oil Company, et al. (MLW No. 58842/Case No. 07-2308/2573/3162 – 34 pages) (U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, Melloy, J.)  (1)Where a district court dismissed with prejudice a plaintiff’s case citing discovery abuses and lies, ...

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Appeals court won’t pardon judge’s French

A lawsuit against Shell Oil Co. is being revived, and the federal judge who cussed at the plaintiff's attorney in court will not be hearing it. A panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned Kansas City-based Senior District Judge Dean Whipple's dismissal of the lawsuit, ordered him to remove himself from the case and called for the case to be reassigned. A tussle over 58 documents culminated in a December 2006 discovery hearing at which Whipple sprinkled six epithets.Click here to continue reading and view an excerpt from the hearing.

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Case of cussing judge languishes

U.S. Senior Judge Dean Whipple turns his chair to face the witness stand and defendant Sara Lewis-Goetz, a petite young woman with long brown hair streaked with blond. The white-mustached judge leads Lewis-Goetz through the legal implications of changing her ...

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