Sunday, January 13, 2008

A Deadline Is A Deadline

According to a National Post report, a traffic jam cost a U.S. law firm $1 Million in legal fees.

Toshiba Corporation’s lawyers Morrison & Foerster could not apply for about $1-million in attorneys' fees awarded after a successful lawsuit because its courier got stuck in a traffic jam and did not make it to the courthouse in time to file the required documentation on the deadline date.

“The entirely foreseeable obstacle of traffic in Southern California in the late afternoon . . . cannot justify an enlargement of time” U.S. District Court Judge Cormack Carney noted.

Moral of the story: Do not leave court filings to the last minute!

- Shashi K. Raina, Toronto

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