Erwin v. Russ, Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit 2012 – Google Scholar.
This case alleged an improbable vast conspiracy against many defendants. The district court granted the defendants $25,000 sanctions. The Fifth Circuit affirmed.
“By finding that every claim should be dismissed, identifying the multitude of superfluous defendants, and pointing to the filing of this suit in multiple district courts, the district court justified its imposition of sanctions. The Plaintiffs and their attorney opened themselves up to the possibility that they would be forced to pay attorney’s fees and sanctions by filing frivolous claims against parties only tangentially related to the alleged conspiracy. The district court did not abuse its discretion in awarding $25,000 in fees and sanctions.”
Edward X. Clinton, Jr.