A federal judge in Philadelphia has refused to reconsider the sanctions he imposed on a Chicago lawyer for failing to rein in a foul-mouthed client during a deposition, declaring that although the lawyer wasn’t informed of the precise rule he would be sanctioned under, he was nonetheless able to, and did, mount a “meaningful defense.”

In a Feb. 29 decision in GMAC Bank v. HTFC Corp., U.S. District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno imposed sanctions of more than $29,000 on attorney Joseph R. Ziccardi of Chicago and his client, Aaron Wider, whose alleged misconduct included dropping 73 “F bombs” during his deposition.

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