Shockwaves reverberated through the civil defense bar in September 2007 when a federal judge imposed sanctions on several lawyers and their clients for engaging in discovery tactics that the judge said were designed to delay and drive up the costs, but that many lawyers say are nothing more than business as usual.

And so it was no surprise that the courtroom was packed when the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently held oral argument to review the sanctions imposed in Grider v. Keystone Health Plan Central.

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