Tuesday, April 18, 2006

“I Really Mean It! If You Had Only Told Me!”

In a prior post the Fifth District Court of Appeal imposed sanctions against a party and counsel for failure to appear at an appellate court ordered mediation and the court explained why it did so. In Doorstep Beverages of Longwood, Inc. v. Willie J. Collier, et al., 31 Fla. L. Weekly D 622 [Fla. 5th DCA 2006] the court again sanctioned a party for failure to appear at a court ordered mediation without good cause – i.e., they never asked the court to be excused from appearing.

Oh well, some people never learn! A court order is not merely an invitation to do something if one feels like it – it’s a court order for Heaven’s sake!

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