Conversely, some aspects of federal civil procedure get nowhere near enough useespecially because they tend (in practice) to apply more to defense strategy, tactics, and actions than to those on the left side of the v. One of those provisions reads:
Any attorney … who so multiplies the proceedings in any case unreasonably and vexatiously may be required by the court to satisfy personally the excess costs, expenses, and attorneys' fees reasonably incurred because of such conduct.
28 U.S.C. § 1927. And thus, an object lesson from the Tenth Circuit in the dangers of raisingand pressingfrivolous defenses.
It is evident from the record and the course of litigation that the behavior of EchoStar's attorneys was both "unreasonable and vexatious." The District Court found that, given the narrow standard of review, the arguments presented on behalf of EchoStar were completely meritless and therefore the course of the proceedings was unwarranted. The District Court also found that these attorneys need not have filed lengthy briefs at every stage of the arbitration and court proceedings in order to preserve EchoStar's arguments for appeal. Nothing in the record indicates that the District Court abused its discretion in finding such action sanctionable.
Dominion Video Satellite, Inc. v. EchoStar Satellite Comm., Inc., No. 041465 (10th Cir. Dec. 7, 2005).
So, the only solution to the "litigation crisis" is to keep plaintiffs from coming to court at all, eh?