The Federal Circuit on Friday upheld sanctions and $4.5 million worth of attorney fees against a medical company and its lawyers for pursuing frivolous claims. A California federal judge had sanctioned ICU Medical and its lawyers at Paul Hastings in 2007 for their behavior in a patent case. The company is on the hook for the attorney fees, according to that judge's order -- but the judge wrote at the time that both the company and its counsel had violated Rule 11, which forbids pursuing frivolous claims.
Federal Circuit OKs Sanctions Against Paul Hastings and Client in Patent Case
March 16, 2009