Law.com Blog Network

  • An Affiliate of the Law.com Network

    From the Law.com Newswire

    Sign up to receive Legal Blog Watch by email
    View a Sample

« 25 of Our Nation's Presidents Were Lawyers - Can You Name Them? (Be the First and Win an Amazon.com Gift Certificate) | Main | Power Couples Share Balance Strategies »

Court Denies Fees to Attorney On Grounds He Turned Peaceful Divorce into Costly Feud

A California appellate court recently rejected the request of John Fuchs, a divorce attorney, for $250,000 in fees -- and referred him to the State Bar of California for possible discipline -- on the ground that his tactics in a divorce proceeding aggravated a simple case into a costly legal feud that wasted the parties' money.

According to the court, Rochelle and John Tesoriero were about to settle their two-year-old divorce case in 2002 when John Fuchs began representing the wife and provoking the other side. Among other things, Fuchs repeatedly sent nasty letters to the husband's attorney that the court called "outrageous" (one excerpt: "perhaps we should start sending my friends, Vito and Luigi, to [John's] house on a weekly basis.").

See the full story here.

Given the increasing lack of civility among lawyers (see post here), financial sanctions are a great way for courts to send a message to the bar that harassment and other forms of outrageous behavior by lawyers will not be tolerated.

Submit Comments to This Post

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
https://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83455666169e200d835379fda53ef

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Court Denies Fees to Attorney On Grounds He Turned Peaceful Divorce into Costly Feud:

Comments

Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear on this weblog until the author has approved them.

If you have a TypeKey or TypePad account, please Sign In.

Search This Blog


Sponsors

Resources

ABA Top 100 Blawg

Subscribe By Email


  • Join the over 30,000 attorneys who receive either daily or bimonthly email updates of the latest posts added to the JD Bliss blog. You can unsubscribe at any time and your information will be kept strictly confidential

    Option #1: Daily Updates

    Enter your email address:

    Option #2: Bimonthly Updates

    Enter you email Address:

Questions? Get Answers!