The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Jan. 31 affirmed a Rule 11 sanctions order against Dallas lawyer Donald H. Flanary Jr. in connection with a brief he filed in a racial discrimination suit that contained a racially charged word not used in the supporting affidavit.

A three-judge 5th Circuit panel found Northern District of Texas Judge Barbara Lynn did not abuse her discretion by imposing sua sponte the public-reprimand sanction against Flanary, of Delgado, Acosta, Braden & Jones in Dallas, under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11(b)(3).

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