Broward Judge Stanton Kaplan, a fixture on the Broward Bench since 1966 has passed away at age 76,
The Sun Sentinel Obituary is here. The JAA Broward blog coverage is here.
Judge Kaplan retired in 2008 and his son Michael was elected to the circuit bench in Broward in 2002.
LOSE, FEES, LOSE, FEE, ARBITRATE-LOSE, FEES, APPEAL-LOSE, FEES:
This California Appellate Report blog reports on a whopper of a case. Lawyer gets hired, files suit and loses. Clients hire new lawyer and win on appeal. Lawyer sues for his original attorneys fees and wins but jury finds equal amount for fraud so it zeros out. BUT- clients appeal and win 250K in attorneys fees. Lawyer sues HIS lawyer who counterclaims for....you guessed it- unpaid fees.
JAMS does the arbitration and awards each side zero, but the lawyers move for....you guessed it-attorneys fees and get....you guessed it- 250K! So lawyer appeals and loses and gets hit with....you guessed it- more attorneys fees.
So lets summarize: lawyer loses case but clients win on appeal with new lawyers. But lawyer is greedy and sues clients for $44,000.00 and ends up losing over $500,000.00 in attorneys fees paid to attorneys for his original clients and his own attorneys and that does not include the latest award from the court of appeals.
Talk about wishing you never took the case in the first place.
Two weeks down in August; two weeks to go.
See You In Court.