9th Circuit Awards Section 1927 Sanctions Against Lawyer – Not His Clients

SAVE THE PEAKS COALITION v. US Forest Service, Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit 2012 – Google Scholar.

Plaintiffs filed this case against the United States Forest Service and lost.

The Ninth Circuit sanctioned a lawyer pursuant to Section 1927. However, the court declined to sanctions the plaintiffs because it concluded that they were misled by their lawyer. This type of finding is unusual, but is noteworthy. There may be other cases where the clients can escape sanctions where they can show that the lawyer was at fault.

Edward X. Clinton, Jr.

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