The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has lifted a $14,655 sanction against the lead trial attorney for Ford Motor Co. in a personal injury case that was imposed as punishment for peeking at jury room notes at the close of a trial.

D. Alan Thomas and associate John I. Southerland, were called back to the jury room by a court clerk to collect exhibits following a defense verdict in a products liability case involving a Ford Explorer rollover in West Virginia.

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