Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Attorneys' fees and expenses for frivolous conduct.

Practice point: The court is authorized to impose attorneys' fees and expenses upon a party for frivolous conduct that "asserts material factual statements that are false," pursuant to 22 NYCRR 130-1.1 [c][3].

Student note:  Rule 130-1.1 does not require a full evidentiary hearing, but states that attorney's fees and costs may be awarded "after a reasonable opportunity to be heard," and that "[t]he form of the hearing shall depend upon the nature of the conduct and the circumstances of the case," pursuant to 22 NYCRR 130-1.1[d].

Case:  Martinez v. Carney, NY Slip Op 05573m(1st Dept. 2015)

Here is the decision.

Tomorrow's issue:  A fall on wet bus steps.