Lawyer Hit With Sanctions For Filing Frivolous Motion To Compel (In re Medina, Bankr. E.D. Cal.)

A California bankruptcy judge has imposed a $500 sanction on an attorney for filing a frivolous  motion to compel his clients’ Chapter 13 trustee to close their case.  The motion included inaccurate facts, no supporting legal authority, and forced the trustee to waste time by filing an opposition. The judge determined that a $500 sanction was a “reasonable deterrent to encourage Gillis to investigate the facts of his cases, and to familiarize himself with applicable law, before he files any future motions” in Chapter 13 cases.

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