FAILURE OF HIGH STAKES GAMBLE AT FRAUD
- FAILURE OF HIGH STAKES GAMBLE AT FRAUD
The current issue of the free Zalma s Insurance Fraud Letter (ZIFL) reports
on the failure of a high-stakes gamble to enforce a foreign Judgment of
nearly a half billion dollars. Walter Lack, Thomas Girardi and two others
were found by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to have initiated and
directed years of litigation against Dole and Shell that they knew were
false. Their efforts went beyond the use of questionable tactics. Their
actions crossed the line to include the persistent use of known falsehoods
according to District Judge Tashima in his capacity as a special master. One
lawyer was publicly reprimanded, two were suspended from practice in the
Ninth Circuit for six months and one was privately reprimanded. Both law
firms agreed to mitigate the charges -- to pay $390,000 in sanctions. The
court concluded its opinion by stating that: " Respondents in this case have
been respected members of the bar, and each has presented significant
mitigating evidence. Their conduct in this case, however, cannot be excused
on that basis, given their culpability and the substantial injury their
conduct caused the opposing parties and this court."
In addition the July 15, 2010 issue of ZIFL reports on doctors convicted of
billing for services to the dead; the delivery by the California Department
of Insurance to local District Attorneys of funds to fight fraud; that two
fraud convictions with charges started by ex-New York Attorney General and
ex-Governor, were thrown out by the court because the prosecutor withheld
exculpatory information; an insurer punished for failing to comply with
anti-fraud statutes; and convictions across the country of those who
attempted to defraud insurers.
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involved in reducing the effect of insurance fraud.
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