A Georgia attorney is on the hook for more than $13,000 in sanctions after violating a judge’s order that his client pay off discovery violations before refiling a voluntarily dismissed medical malpractice claim.

Rome attorney James T. Satcher Jr. must now foot the bill for “reasonable attorneys’ fees and litigation expenses” after a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruling clarified a conditional case dismissal requiring the payment of sanctions is not considered “costs” under Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

‘Avoid the Consequences’