The Pennyslvania Superior Court has thrown out sanctions in the amount of $52,000 leveled at a defense attorney whose reference during opening arguments in a medical malpractice trial to expert testimony the trial court had already barred resulted in a mistrial.

The three-judge panel in Stahl v. Redcay ruled that while a mistrial was necessary because of the lawyer’s comments, the judge’s orders weren’t specific enough to warrant sanctions.