Monday, July 23, 2012

Vexatious Litigant

The Californis State Bar Court Review Department has recommended the disbarment of an attorney who was declared a vexatious litigant in claims brought against a former client:

In 2004, [his] former client won a fee arbitration award against him. [The attorney] then sued the client on a meritless claim that the client gave false testimony at the arbitration hearing. [He] delayed resolution of the case for more than four years by repeatedly filing frivolous pleadings, including 10 unsuccessful motions to disqualify judges assigned to his case. One superior court judge found that for four years [the attorney] did not file "any substantive opposition that addressed the merits of a pending matter," and ruled that he was a vexatious pro per litigant. Even after this ruling, [the attorney] twice disregarded an order requiring him to obtain pre-authorization from the court for future filings.

Thanks to Rick Underwood for carching my typo in this post. (Mike Frisch)

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