Commercial Litigation and Arbitration

Consent Decree May Be Enforced Through Inherent Power Sanctions

Frew v. Janek, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 5726 (5th Cir. Mar. 28, 2016):

N. 25   See, e.g., Frew ex rel. Frew v. Hawkins, 540 U.S. at 439-40 (explaining that "a consent decree may be enforced" through sanctions (citing Hutto v. Finney, 437 U.S. 678, 98 S. Ct. 2565, 57 L. Ed. 2d 522 (1978))); Frew v. Hawkins, 401 F. Supp. 2d 619, 654 & n.57 (E.D. Tex. 2005) (warning Defendants that they had exposed themselves "to equitable sanctions for willful violation of Consent Decree provisions"), aff'd sub nom. Frazar v. Ladd, 457 F.3d 432 (5th Cir. 2006); see also Wis. Hosp. Ass'n v. Reivitz, 820 F.2d 863, 869 (7th Cir. 1987) (noting that Hutto establishes a "district court's inherent power to impose sanctions for violation of its decrees").

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