Saturday, May 23, 2020

Predatory attorneys assessed court fees

This is something I rarely see:

U.S. District Judge Janet Neff dismissed Curtis Blackwell II's allegations that he was wrongly terminated because he declined to speak to detectives during an investigation into a possible sexual assault committed by football players in 2017. Neff agreed with another judge's recommendations that Blackwell's attorneys used the court's processes to "harangue the MSU Defendants into exhausted compliance in the form of settlement."

Neff removed Blackwell's attorneys, Thomas Warnicke and Andrew Paterson, from the case, and ordered they pay monetary sanctions to the defendants. The order does not specify the amount of sanctions against Blackwell's attorneys.   Source

Other news sources indicate that Blackwell's former attorneys will have to cough up somewhere between $200,000 and $300,000 in monetary sanctions.


  1. Interesting! That's the first time I've heard of that happening.

  2. It's good to see abusers of power punished in a meaningful way. I hope their state bar association takes this up.

  3. Bring back the village stocks, tar, and feathers.


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