A panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could not agree Friday on whether or not magistrate judges can sanction attorneys without the consent of the parties.

Although Judges Dennis Jacobs, Pierre N. Leval and Jose A. Cabranes agreed to reverse sanctions leveled against three Cravath, Swaine & Moore lawyers in an alien tort statute case, two judges split on whether magistrate judges had the authority to levy any sanctions, while the third said the circuit should not address the issue.

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