A federal judge in Virginia has ordered a plaintiff to pay nearly $63,000 to the defendants and an attorney for filing baseless business conspiracy and legal malpractice claims.

The plaintiff, Barbara Sopkin, twice attempted to sue the defendants in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia for the alleged mishandling of Interlase Limited Partnership’s intellectual property during its receivership and bankruptcy proceedings. Sopkin purported that as an assignee of Lucre Investments Ltd., she was owed a 2% general partnership interest in Interlase.