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Texas Attorney Avoids Disqualification From Forced-Labor Lawsuit

Sept. 14, 2021, 7:15 PM

An attorney for landlords accused of keeping property workers in destitute, powerless conditions won’t be disqualified or sanctioned over their assertions about an opposing lawyer’s ethics or a misrepresentation to the court, a federal court in Texas ruled.

Some aspects of a motion to dismiss filed by the defense lawyer, Steven Clark, were so untimely as to be frivolous, but that doesn’t warrant a sanction as severe as disqualification, Magistrate Judge Kimberly C. Priest Johnson said Monday for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Priest Johnson warned Clark that he must fully vet arguments and evidence ...

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