Protecting the Protectors

Crumplar v. Superior Court, 56 A.3d 1000 (Del. 2012) (en banc) (per curiam) (reversing a $25,000 sanction imposed on a plaintiff’s attorney by a Superior Court judge and requiring heightened procedural protections when judges seek to impose Rule 11 sanctions on attorneys).

Neuberger v. Gordon, 567 F.Supp.2d 622 (D.Del. 2008) (upholding the First Amendment rights of an attorney to be free of retaliation for challenging the status quo and filing lawsuits against corrupt government officials).

EEOC v. Hora, 239 Fed.Appx. 728 (3d Cir. 2007) (reversal of sanctions against a civil rights attorney who vigorously represented her client).

Conley v. Chaffinch, 2005 WL 2678954 (D.Del. March 4, 2005) (rejecting the request of the Delaware State Police for sanctions and a gag order against a civil rights attorney who vigorously criticized “alleged misconduct and abuse of office within the Delaware State Police and the Delaware government [because t]hese statements are protected by the First Amendment [as] they are criticisms of alleged governmental corruption, an issue of great public concern that lies at the core of the First Amendment”).

Hugger v. The Rutherford Institute, 94 Fed.Appx. 162 (4th Cir. 2004) (successful First Amendment defense of civil rights organization sued for defamation by public officials).

Hugger v. The Rutherford Institute, 63 Fed.Appx. 683 (4th Cir. 2003) (defense of civil rights organization sued for defamation by public officials).