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The Fourth District Court of Appeal on Thursday referred San Diego attorney Benjamin Pavone to the State Bar, finding that he committed misconduct and demonstrated gender bias by calling the ruling of a female judge who denied him attorney fees “succubustic.”

A succubus, the court pointed out, “is defined as a demon assuming female form which has sexual intercourse with men in their sleep.”

Justice Richard Fybel wrote that the panel chose to publish the decision in part “to make the point that gender bias by an attorney appearing before us will not be tolerated, period.”

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Ross Todd

Ross Todd is the Editor/columnist for the Am Law Litigation Daily. He writes about litigation of all sorts. Previously, Ross was the Bureau Chief of The Recorder, ALM's California affiliate. Contact Ross at [email protected] On Twitter: @Ross_Todd.

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