The chief judge of the South Florida federal courts has blasted attorneys on both sides in an unusually ugly overtime wage case, describing their name-calling and refusal to settle “an abuse of the judicial process” and an act of bad faith.

On April 9, Southern District of Florida Chief Judge William J. Zloch denied Fort Lauderdale attorney Peter Mavrick’s request for attorney fees of $150,000. Instead, Zloch awarded just $4,900 in fees to Mavrick, the plaintiffs attorney, and barred him from receiving additional funds from his client’s settlement.

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