Frivolous Lawsuits

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Who can I sue if my team doesn’t make it to the Super Bowl? #LawsuitAttorney

Apparently, this is the question one man asked himself after the Dallas Cowboys lost in the NFL playoffs to the Green Bay Packers. A key play in that game came in the fourth quarter when a pass to Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant...more

Website Names the Top Ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2014

December saw two posts about the depressing demise of TRIA, so we thought we’d end the year on a considerably lighter note. FacesOfLawsuitAbuse.org is a U.S. Chamber of Commerce project that addresses this country’s...more

Santa Gives EEOC a Gift—For Now

We previously reported on a case where the EEOC was hit with a $4.7 million judgment in attorneys’ fees and costs for pursuing a frivolous class action. (See blog post EEOC Silent on Sanctions) This week the Eighth Circuit...more

Court Sanctions Plaintiffs for Failing to Voluntarily Dismiss Baseless Complaint

My clients sometimes bemoan the reluctance of courts to award attorneys' fees to litigants forced to defend frivolous lawsuits. However, in Norkus v. ING U.S. Inc., the Honorable Robert Holmes Bell reaffirmed that in the...more

A Judgment Cannot Not Lie Against Attorney Who is a Non Party

In Suarez v. City of Corona, 2014 DJDAR 12101, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District decided an interesting case concerning the interpretation of California Code of Civil Procedure Section 1038....more

Fee award against non-party attorney is thrown out by appellate court

In Suarez v. City of Corona, 2014 DJDAR 12101, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District decided an interesting case concerning the interpretation of California Code of Civil Procedure Section 1038....more

Seventh Circuit Reminds Attorneys to Conduct “Reasonable Amount of Legal Research” Before Filing Claims

Under the federal civil rights statutes, plaintiffs who prevail ordinarily receive an award of attorneys’ fees that must be paid by the defendant. But, in order not to deter plaintiffs from filing such claims, the reverse is...more

Brown Resurrects Civility in Litigation

Gov. Jerry Brown has resurrected an expired law, Cal. Code of Civil Procedure section 128.5. This is a positive development for ethical lawyers and their clients, who find themselves dealing with bad-faith litigation tactics...more

Brown Resurrects Civility in Litigation

Gov. Jerry Brown has resurrected an expired law, Cal. Code of Civil Procedure section 128.5. This is a positive development for ethical lawyers and their clients, who find themselves dealing with bad-faith litigation tactics...more

Plaintiff Who Pursued Frivolous Suit Against a City Ordered to Pay Attorneys' Fees and Costs

A published appellate opinion last week followed successful arguments by Best Best & Krieger attorneys that an approximate $105,000 award of attorneys’ fees and costs under Code of Civil Procedure section 1038 applies to a...more

Three New Weapons to Combat Shareholder Litigation

Over the past several years there has been an overwhelming abundance of class action shareholder litigation. A study by Cornerstone Research found that in 2013 alone, 94% of mergers and acquisitions worth over $100 million...more

Court Awards Sanctions Against Buyer and Attorney for Meritless Claims Against Sellers’ Agent

Plaintiff Joanne Peake purchased a home from the Underwoods, who were represented by a real estate agent, John Ferrell. Two years after close of escrow, she discovered that subfloors had been damaged and not repaired by the...more

Why Even A ‘Bad Guy’ Won’t Have to Pay Your Attorneys’ Fees

I've been a trial lawyer for 32 years. And if I had a dollar for every time I heard a litigant vow to collect actual attorneys' fees from an adversary -- because the bad guy's claim was "frivolous" -- then I'd have a pocket...more

IP Newsflash - June 2014

Federal Circuit Upholds Award of Sanctions for a “Frivolous” Patent Lawsuit - On June 5, 2014, the Federal Circuit affirmed the Southern District of New York’s decision to sanction Appellant and its attorneys for...more

Court Found Case Frivolous For Five-Year Period, But $5.3M Attorney's Fee Request Will Be Trimmed - Touchtunes Music Corp. v....

Case Number: 1:07-cv-11450-RWS (Dkt. 291) - Judge Sweet unsealed [link to tab 9] his decision of April 3, 2014 [link to tab 10] granting counterclaim defendant TouchTunes' motion for fees and expenses, but said that...more

The Limits Of SLUSA Preemption

In 1995, the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act (“PSLRA”) was passed to limit frivolous and unwarranted securities lawsuits. 15 U.S.C. §78u–4. While private securities litigation is an indispensable tool in which...more

Proposition 65 "Reform": Consumer Protection or Litigation Stimulation?

Proposed new regulations may have unintended consequences. Despite the California governor’s call for meaningful Proposition 65 reform and a reduction in frivolous enforcement lawsuits, the California Office of...more

Former University Employee Ordered To Pay $100,000 In Attorneys’ Fees For Bringing Frivolous FEHA Action

Robert v. Stanford University, H037514 (February 25, 2014): The California Court of Appeal recently affirmed an award of $100,000 in attorneys’ fees to a prevailing employer in a case where a former employee brought a...more

Man bites dog: recovering attorney’s fees from vexatious employees

California has a reputation for employment litigation: it is the state where everyone seems to feel obliged to sue their boss for something. While some suits have merit and others are understandable, there are suits...more

For Whom the Bell Trolls, Episode II: The Judiciary Strikes Back

Patent reform legislation continues to be hotly debated, both in the public arena and before Congress. Federal Circuit Chief Judge Randall R. Rader recently said that Congress should leave reform to the courts, echoing...more

Power To The People (Mark), Redux

A federal appeals court recently upheld a $750,000 award to an employer for the attorneys’ fees and expert witness fees it expended defending a frivolous class action brought by the EEOC. EEOC v. Peoplemark, Inc. The EEOC...more

Maryland Defendants Can Recover Attorneys' Fees Paid by Insurance Company

Litigants that have been forced to defend groundless litigation are entitled to recover their attorneys' fees even if those costs were paid by an insurance company, Maryland's highest court has ruled. ...more

Trolls Better Watch Out This Halloween -- Senator Hatch Introduces Patent Litigation Integrity Act

Just in time for Halloween, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has introduced yet another piece of legislation to combat the perceived "patent troll" problem. The Patent Litigation Integrity Act (S. 1612) is aimed at shifting the...more

Amendment to Prop 65 Provides Businesses a Grace Period: AB 227 Aims to Reduce Frivolous Lawsuits and Excessive Penalties

Gov. Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 227 into law, which amends California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, otherwise known as Proposition 65. Prop 65 provides that businesses may not expose...more

California Appellate Court Gets SLAPP-Happy Regarding Frivolous Asbestos Litigation

The California Court of Appeals, Fifth Appellate District, recently upheld a trial court’s order denying a motion to strike a malicious prosecution action filed by a defendant in a previous asbestos lawsuit dismissed on the...more

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