A disbarred lawyer who has stayed out of New York state for fear of being arrested to serve a 30-day contempt sentence has been sanctioned by the Southern District’s chief bankruptcy judge for raising a “vexatious” motion with “an improper purpose.”

Judge Stuart M. Bernstein ordered the former lawyer, Kenneth Heller, to pay more than $4,800 to cover one of his opponent’s legal costs for making a third attempt to collaterally attack a $3.7 million settlement negotiated for one of his former clients by Jacoby & Meyers.

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