11880Info on Civil Contempt in Federal Court
- Aug 3, 2006
 The punishment imposed in a civil contempt proceeding is subject to review for abuse of discretion. See United States v. Grant, 852 F.2d at 1205. However, the legitimacy of the contempt adjudication is based on the validity of the underlying order. See Scott & Fetzer Co. v. Dile, 643 F.2d 670, 675 (9th Cir. 1981). Appellant here primarily challenges the enforceability of the underlying order upholding the settlement agreement (see section E below). We review de novo a legal challenge to the interpretation of a settlement agreement. See Jeff D. v. Andrus, 899 F.2d 753, 759 (9th Cir. 1989).
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