A federal bankruptcy court judge has ordered a lawyer to pay the attorney fees incurred by his adversaries as they fought his motion to hear an otherwise time-barred complaint on equitable estoppel grounds.

Chief Judge Stephen D. Gerling of the Northern District of New York Bankruptcy Court said he was “at a loss to find a reasonable basis” for attorney Shawn T. Nash’s motion in December 2006 to file an amended complaint based on equitable estoppel.

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