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April 25th, 2019

Minnesota Appellate Court Upholds Sanctions Against BNSF Further Solidifying “Judicial Hellholes” Designation

A Minnesota appeals court issued a disappointing ruling earlier this week when it upheld sanctions against BNSF in a toxic fumes case. The court found that BNSF engaged in “pervasive” discovery misconduct that prejudiced the plaintiff. The case originated in the Hennepin County District Court and the trial judge’s actions helped solidify the Twin Cities . . . → Read More: Minnesota Appellate Court Upholds Sanctions Against BNSF Further Solidifying “Judicial Hellholes” Designation

February 12th, 2016

No-Sanctions Dismissal of Fraudulent FCA Claim Is ‘Poster Child’ for Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act

A federal judge’s choice this week to toss out of court a lawyer’s plainly fraudulent and frivolous False Claims Act case without also ordering punishing monetary sanctions stands as the latest “poster child” for enactment of the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act, which is now pending in Congress and would mandate sanctions for those who promulgate frivolous litigation . . . → Read More: No-Sanctions Dismissal of Fraudulent FCA Claim Is ‘Poster Child’ for Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act

January 14th, 2016

Federal Judge Sanctions Two Parasitic Plaintiffs’ Lawyers for ‘See What Sticks’ Approach to Litigation

In an encouraging close to 2015, U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann sanctioned two Pennsylvania plaintiffs’ lawyers for their stubborn pursuit of largely meritless, “see-what-sticks” litigation . . . → Read More: Federal Judge Sanctions Two Parasitic Plaintiffs’ Lawyers for ‘See What Sticks’ Approach to Litigation

March 29th, 2013

Ninth Circuit Sanctions Plaintiffs’ Attorney for Vexatious M&A Litigation

In recent years, it has become routine for plaintiffs’ law firms to announce investigations of mergers or acquisitions within hours of such an announcement. Lawsuits challenging such deals are filed, on average, within two weeks. Two recent developments may damper the plaintiffs’ bar’s enthusiasm for such lawsuits. . . . → Read More: Ninth Circuit Sanctions Plaintiffs’ Attorney for Vexatious M&A Litigation