Sanctions, Reputation & Appellate Review

From 1-10 Indus. Assocs., LLC v. United States, 2008 U.S. App. LEXIS 10786 (Fed. Cir. May 21, 2008):

Justice Stevens observed in Cooter & Gell v. Hartmarx Corp., 496 U.S. 384, 413, 110 S. Ct. 2447, 110 L. Ed. 2d 359 (1990), that the most precious asset of an attorney is his professional reputation. A formal order of sanction of any kind imposed by a court necessarily tarnishes an attorney's professional reputation. Just as it is the duty of the court imposing sanctions to do so only when truly warranted, it is our duty on appeal to review the facts of such a case with great care to determine whether a sanction has been properly imposed.

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