Acting on its own initiative, the Appellate Division, 1st Department, has sanctioned a Manhattan litigator and his client for pursuing an “entirely frivolous” appeal.

In a dispute over the failed negotiations to purchase a Soho building, Matthew Hearle of Goldberg Weprin & Ustin and his client Yenom Corp. had already been sanctioned nearly $35,000 by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Karen S. Smith.

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