Thursday, August 27, 2015

Syrup, Sugar, Sanctions, "Strategic," and Such

Interesting news via the National Law Journal: "Sanctions Sought Against Ex-Squire Patton Boggs Lawyer in Sugar Case" --
  • "Two corn refining companies that booted Squire Patton Boggs from its high stakes lawsuit against the sugar industry are claiming one of the law firm’s former attorneys is still on the case—in violation of a judge’s disqualification order."
  • "In a sanctions motion filed on Aug. 20, the refiners allege that Daniel Callister, who allegedly resigned from Squire Patton Boggs after the disqualification order in February, continues to represent the sugar companies as a "strategic advisor.'"
  • "At the entreaty of Ingredion and Tate & Lyle, which had been clients of Patton Boggs prior to its merger last year with Squire Sanders, U.S. District Judge Consuelo Marshall on Feb. 13 ordered Squire Patton Boggs disqualified from the case. The judge concluded that the firm had a conflict of interest since it had continued to represent one of the corn refiners following its merger and had handled matters for the other that were related to the case."
  • "'In the context of a spontaneous discussion initiated by Briscoe about whether further settlement discussions should take place between the parties, Briscoe admitted that Callister was still advising the sugar plaintiffs in this case and that, further, Callister would participate and advise the sugar plaintiffs in potential settlement talks,' wrote Michael Proctor, name partner of Caldwell Leslie & Proctor, in the motion. 'Thus, Callister essentially left the disqualified Squire Patton Boggs to coordinate the litigation on behalf of the sugar plaintiffs.'"
    "...lead counsel for the sugar companies, called the sanctions motion 'an absolute waste of court time and lawyer time.'"

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