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Nassau County Jail Counsel Sanctioned for Misconduct

The court blasts the County Attorney of Nassau County for failing to obey discovery orders, failing to appear at a settlement conference, and failing to appear at a second conference. However, it grants the County's motion to vacate the default judgment, since its conduct wasn't quite willful, it had a meritorious defense (i.e., it denied its employees beat up the plaintiff), and the plaintiff will not be prejudiced. The court imposes sanctions in the form of attorneys' fees. See: Richardson v. Nassau County, 184 F.R.D. 497 (E.D.N.Y. 1999).

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Richardson v. Nassau County