The gay lawyer who sued Anapol Schwartz over his scuttled lateral move should be sanctioned for allegedly making false statements about a key fact in the case, the defendants argued in a post-trial motion.

The motion filed in Downs v. Anapol Schwartz asked the court to award attorney fees and costs, claiming plaintiff Jeffrey Downs made false statements in court filings that allowed his defamation and tortious interference claims to proceed to trial. However, Downs admitted that those statements were false during his trial testimony, the defendants contend.

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