Supreme Court Holds Discovery Sanctions Must Be Causally Linked to Misconduct

The Supreme Court has clarified the scope and limitations of judicial authority to impose sanctions, holding that awards must be limited to fees incurred solely because of and causally linked to misconduct. Shook Partner Frank Cruz-Alvarez and Associate Rachel Canfield review the Goodyear v. Haeger ruling, in which the Supreme Court adopted Shook Partner Phil Goldberg’s “but for” amicus argument in its unanimous decision.