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Marla Martins hired lawyers to sue Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. after her daughter died onboard, but the case nose-dived when she continued pro se. Photo: NAN728/Shutterstock.com. Marla Martins hired lawyers to sue Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. after her daughter died aboard ship, but the case nose-dived when she continued pro se. Photo: Shutterstock.com.

U.S. Magistrate Jonathan Goodman made an example of a pro se litigant, penning an order sanctioning Marla Martins with attorney fees and nontaxable costs after she’d turned down a $500,000 settlement, filed several “baseless” motions and rejected the court’s offer to provide counsel through its Volunteer Lawyer Program.

Raychel Lean

Raychel Lean reports on South Florida litigation for the Daily Business Review. Send an email to rlean@alm.com, or follow her on Twitter via @raychellean.

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