MIAMI – A Boca Raton law firm will get the opportunity to argue against a $17,150 penalty imposed on it for trying to hold a lawyer in indirect criminal contempt for releasing the terms of a settlement.

But the firm, The Shir Law Group, had already made the terms a matter of public record, says a decision filed Aug. 10 by the Third District Court of Appeal. Miami-Dade County Judge Veronica Diaz had ordered Shir Law to pay the attorneys fees Javier Lopez had to incur to fight Shir’s motion.

“In denying the motion for the order to show cause, I am finding that the motion should have been withdrawn as it is absolutely clear on its face that there was no violation, as there could not have been a violation when something was already public,” Diaz said.