The Delaware Chancery Court sanctioned an attorney for his misconduct while defending a deposition taken in the highly contentious TransPerfect Global, Inc., business divorce. In re Shawe & Elting LLC., Nos. 9661, 9686, 9700, 10449 (Del. Ch. Aug. 14, 2015) (letter opinion). The attorney was sanctioned for repeatedly instructing the deponent not to answer questions that were benign and did not implicate any privilege. The court announced that the attorney’s behavior crossed the line between zealous advocacy and unprofessional conduct, and awarded reasonable costs and attorneys’ fees incurred in preparing and conducting the deposition as well as in briefing the motion for sanctions.
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Delaware Imposes Sanctions For Improper Conduct By Attorney During Deposition
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