According to the LA Times, Tardy Attorney Costs Students Lawsuit "U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour last week threw out a $40-million civil rights lawsuit against a local school district after . . . an attorney for the plaintiffs, was late to a pretrial hearing. [The attorney] said he was five minutes tardy; others said it was more like 20 minutes."
Another lawyer in the case was quoted as saying: "You can be late to your own wedding, but don't be late to federal court."