Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status
From our private database of 16,500+ case briefs...

In re Pennie & Edmonds LLP

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
323 F.3d 86 (2d Cir. 2003)


[Pennie & Edmonds LLP (P&E) was hired to represent the defendants in a trademark infringement case. P&E was aware that the defendants had previously filed a false affidavit in that case through their prior counsel. P&E subsequently submitted another affidavit on behalf of the defendants. This affidavit was also proven to be false.] The district court initiated, sua sponte, a post-trial sanction proceeding against P&E, pursuant to Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP). The district court found that, although P&E had submitted documents to the court in good faith, P&E’s submissions were objectively unreasonable. Accordingly, the district court imposed sanctions on P&E. P&E appealed, arguing that the district court should have applied a bad faith standard rather than an objective reasonableness standard.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Newman, J.)

Dissent (Underhill, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 410,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 16,500 briefs, keyed to 223 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.

Questions & Answers

Have a question about this case?

Sign up for a free 7-day trial and ask it

Sign up for a FREE 7-day trial