June 30, 2016 Top Story

Lawyer Sanctioned for Pursuing Baseless Case to Summary Judgment

Court awards sanctions of higher attorney fees than charged

Andrew J. Kennedy

Vigorous advocacy crosses the line into sanctionable conduct when an attorney pursues a suit long after it becomes clear there is no evidence to support the claims. In Keister v. PPL Corporation, the sanctionable conduct incensed the court to the extent that it ordered the plaintiff’s attorney to pay the defendants’ attorney fees—at a higher rate than charged—to deter any such future conduct.

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