Just as my students and I are about to start discussing ethical issues related to litigation, including the rules related to filing frivolous claims, I saw this bit of news.
A panel of four federal judges recently imposed sanctions totaling $9.1
million on two Florida law firms for filing 1,250 frivolous claims against tobacco
companies accused of hiding the dangers of cigarettes, including suits on behalf of people who never authorized the
suits, people who never lived in Florida, nonsmokers, and people whose
cases had already been tried. They also filed claims on behalf of people who had died before the claims were filed as if they were still alive rather than as wrongful death claims.
The ABA Journal online has the story here.