Friday, July 22, 2011
The California State Bar Court Review Department has recommended the disbarment of an attorney who represented United Computer Systems in "protracted litigation" against AT&T and others.
The attorney had engaged in what was characterized as a "relentless crusade against AT&T."
He had been declared to be a vexatious litigant in state and federal court. The Ninth Circuit had imposed sanctions against him.
As to sanction:
Despite countless opportunities to conform his behavior to the ethical demands of the profession, [the attorney] chose instead to continue his meritless litigation. We are troubled that he fails to realize that his actions go beyond zealous advocacy, and believe he will continue abusing the legal system. After considering the aggravating and mitigating factors and decisional law, we recommend that [he] be disbarred as the discipline necessary to protect the public, the courts and the legal profession.
The Review Department rejected the claim that the charges were barred under California's five-year statute of limitations. The violations were of a continuing nature and charges were brought within the limits. (Mike Frisch)