Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger

Exercising its inherent power, a federal court may award attorney fees as a sanction; however, unless criminal contempt procedures are followed, the sanction cannot exceed the amount of attorney fees the opposing party would not have incurred but for the sanctionable conduct.  Federal courts have inherent power to sanction parties or their attorneys for conduct…

San Diegans for Open Government v. City of San Diego

In determining whether an action or tactic is frivolous for purposes of a sanctions award under CCP 128.5, the court should apply an objective standard, judging the merits of the action or tactic from a reasonable person’s perspective; and that a complaint withstood demurrer does not prove it was not frivolous, since whether a claim…

Osborne v. Todd Farm Service

The trial court did not abuse its discretion in granting terminating sanctions after plaintiff’s attorney repeatedly disobeyed in limine orders by referring to excluded evidence in his opening statement and questioning of witnesses, prejudicing defendants because jury might think their repeated, proper objections were hiding the true facts from the jury.  The trial court did…