Bloomberg Law
April 8, 2022, 8:42 PM

Texas Lawyer Who Misread Court Order Sees $1,200 Sanction Upheld

David McAfee
David McAfee
Staff Correspondent

A Texas lawyer who was ordered to pay about $1,200 after he misread a court order and caused a filing to be delayed is stuck with that sanction, the Fifth Circuit held on Friday.

Matthew R. Scott represented a woman who sued her employer, MEI Inc., asserting six Title VII claims. Scott sought to amend the complaint to add two claims under the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the court allowed it. But he “did not read the order closely and assumed that the second amended complaint was filed,” the appeals court said.

Scott sought to amend the complaint ...

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