Civil Procedure Keyed to Marcus
G. Heileman Brewing Co. v. Joseph Oat Corp
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A federal magistrate judge ordered Appellant to send a corporate representative with authority to settle to a pretrial conference to discuss factual and legal issues and the possibility of settlement. No principal or corporate representative attended the conference. The court determined that the failure of Appellant to send a principal of the corporation to the pretrial conference violated the order. The district court imposed sanctions of $5,860.01, reflecting costs and attorneys’ fees, upon Appellant pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(f). Appellant appeals claiming the district court did not have the authority to order litigants represented by counsel to appear at the pretrial conference.
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