A pro se litigant was properly sanctioned to the tune of $4,237 for pursuing court claims over a garden variety car accident rather than just having his carrier pay for repairs, a New Jersey state appeals court says.

Ruling in two consolidated cases on Wednesday, the Appellate Division said plaintiff Michael Bandler “inexplicably paid for the loss himself, and then embarked on a pro se campaign of litigation that has lasted nearly seven years [and] needlessly consumed a large amount of judicial resources.”

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