Two More Lawyers Sanctioned for Filing Frivolous Election Challenges
Earlier this year a federal judge ordered “Kraken” lawyers to pay sanctions for filing frivolous and unfounded challenges to the 2020 presidential election results. This week, a federal magistrate judge in Colorado has ordered two lawyers who filed a putative class action suit on behalf of American voters to cough up over $180,000 in sanctions to cover the legal fees of the state and private company defendants in their ludicrous suit.
The Washington Post reports:
The two lawyers, Gary D. Fielder and Ernest John Walker, filed the case in December 2020 as a class action on behalf of 160 million American voters, alleging there was a complicated plot to steal the election from President Donald Trump and give the victory to Joe Biden.
The two argued that a scheme was engineered by the voting machine vendor Dominion Voting Systems; the tech company Facebook, its founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan; and elected officials in four states. They had sought $160 billion in damages.
Their case was dismissed in April. In August, Neureiter ruled that the attorneys had violated their ethical obligations by filing it in the first place, arguing that the duo had run afoul of legal rules that prohibit clogging the courts with frivolous motions and lodging information in court that is not true. At the time, he called their suit “the stuff of which violent insurrections are made,” alleging they made little effort to determine the truth of their conspiratorial claims before filing them in court. He ordered them to pay the legal fees of all of the many entities that they had sued.
From the magistrate judge’s order:
The sanction awards that I impose are reasonable in light of the magnitude of the case and the number of issues to be addressed. Indeed, the sanction award is probably lower than it would be if market lawyer rates were being used. The total amount the two Plaintiffs’ counsel wil
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