Judge spanks lawyer for leaking personal details in brief
Dan Goodin reports:
A judge has chastised a lawyer for including the social security numbers and birthdays of 179 individuals in an electronic court brief, ordering him to pay a $5,000 sanction and provide credit monitoring.
US District Judge Michael J. Davis said he was meting out the penalty under his “inherent power,” meaning no one in the court case had filed a motion requesting he do so. In an order issued late last month, he said the move was designed to prevent attorney Vincent J. Moccio from repeating the carelessness again.[…]
Davis ordered Moccio to send the individuals a letter informing them that their private information had been made public and that unless they objected within seven days, they would automatically begin receiving a year’s worth of credit monitoring services fee of charge. He also ordered the attorney to pay $5,000 to a Saint Paul, Minnesota, food bank.
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