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Fourth District Court of Appeal Judge Robert Gross wrote the ruling. Photo: Melanie Bell/ALM. Fourth District Court of Appeal Judge Robert Gross wrote the ruling. Photo: Melanie Bell/ALM.

An indirect criminal contempt conviction against a South Florida attorney has fallen apart at the Fourth District Court of Appeal, which found although it was “an understatement” to say the lawyer “dropped the litigation ball” in a civil case, the judge’s order to show cause was insufficient.

It’s a ruling that demonstrates just how specific judges need to be for a contempt finding to survive scrutiny, as it’s not enough to simply state that a violation occurred.

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Raychel Lean

Raychel Lean is ALM's Florida bureau chief, overseeing the Daily Business Review. Email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter via @raychellean.

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