Seventh Circuit Divides Over Whether There Is a “Corruption” Exception to the Rooker-Feldman Doctrine

In Hadzi-Tanovic v. Johnson, No. 21-3373 (7th Cir. Mar. 14, 2023), the Seventh Circuit overrules (over a two-judge dissent) prior panel decisions holding that a plaintiff can avoid the operation of the Rooker-Feldman doctrine by alleging that the state-court judgment was the product of corruption. “This case arises out of a custody dispute between plaintiff…

Sixth Circuit Disapproves of “Administrative Closure” of Case by District Court As “Irreconcilable With the Requirements Set Forth in the [Federal] Rules” for Closing Cases

In Rodriguez v. Hirshberg Acceptance Corp., No. 20-2184 (6th Cir. Mar. 14, 2023), the Sixth Circuit – while recognizing the district court’s “tremendous freedom in managing their caseload” – holds that a common procedural method of tabling inactive litigation, the “administrative closure,” has no foundation in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and recommends a…

Fifth Circuit Holds Lawyer Could Be Sanctioned Under 28 U.S.C. § 1927 For “Irrelevant Lines of Questioning” in Depositions

In Vaughan v. Lewisville Independent School Dist., No. 22-40057 (5th Cir. Mar. 9, 2023), the Fifth Circuit held that a plaintiff’s lawyer who asked four deponents about subject areas far afield of the dispute could be personally monetarily sanctioned for “unreasonable” and “vexatious” multipliction of the proceedings under 28 U.S.C. § 1927. “Frank Vaughan filed…


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