W.D. Tex. Considers Motion for Sanctions Against Pepper Hamilton
Last week, Judge Robert Pittman issued a decision, Doe 1 v. Baylor Univ., No. 6:16-CV-173-RP, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 99362 (W.D. Tex. June 7, 2019) discussing the Plaintiff’s motion for sanctions against Pepper Hamilton LLP. Pepper Hamilton filed a motion to reconsider an order to produce documents regarding its representation of Baylor.
The Court found that, “Pepper Hamilton's choice to assert two-year-old objections in a motion for reconsideration gives the appearance that Pepper Hamilton's objections are willfully designed to delay and complicate discovery.”. Id. at *45-46. Attorney-client privilege issues raised in the motion to reconsider were not a defense because they were not raised in a timely manner.
Judge Pittman will issue a final ruling on the sanctions motion at a hearing on June 17.