Bell v. Vacuforce, LLC

When a court provides the name of one of the parties’ lawyers in the first paragraph of its opinion, you know that poor soul is in for a benchslap. So it is with this Seventh Circuit opinion, affirming sanctions against an attorney who argued that his client—an alleged copyright infringer—was entitled to attorney’s fees as a prevailing party despite having paid $7,000 to settle the lawsuit against it. (Counsel for the copyright owner also gets mildly chastised in footnote 2 but fortunately is allowed to remain anonymous.)

Tags: 2018, Attorney's Fees, Professional Responsibility, Seventh Circuit

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