While the South Carolina Supreme Court recognized that its Civil Procedure Rule 11 allows for sanctions against clients, it reversed a $48,000 imposition against a former school district employee whose attorney filed an allegedly “frivolous” civil lawsuit against another lawyer accused of leading an underlying criminal investigation.

Amy Kovach was fired from her position as the communications director at the Berkeley County School District after she pleaded guilty to two offenses in 2015 related to her leadership role in a school bond referendum, which called for a $198 million bond to pay for the construction and renovation of schools, according to an order by the trial court granting sanctions in the instant case.