Monday, April 25, 2005

“I’ll Take the 5th – Or Not!”

In Holler v. De Hoyos, 2005 Fla. App. LEXIS 5566 [Fla. 5th DCA 2005], the parties and counsel were ordered to attend appellate mediation. Sanctions for failure to comply with appellate mediation program procedures without good cause would be imposed. De Hoyos did not attend; her lawyer, the opposing counsel and party did. An agreement was negotiated in her absence [how could that be?] and De Hoyos later refused to sign it – imagine that!! She was sanctioned – why? You’ll have to read the opinion [it’s short] to find out!

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