The discipline originally proposed for one of California’s top plaintiffs lawyers just wasn’t tough enough for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Walter Lack received a six-month suspension from practicing before the 9th Circuit due to fraudulent appellate briefs his firm filed in litigation against Dole Food Co. The penalty handed down Tuesday is greater than the one recommended by the court’s own independent prosecutor, and it puts the Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack partner in a tricky posture vis-a-vis the State Bar.

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