The NYLJ reports:
"Judge Bars Firm From Suing Ex-Client in Two Courts
By Rosamaria Mancini
New York Law Journal
April 4, 2007
A Mineola law firm cannot sue a former client over unpaid legal fees in both state Supreme Court and District Court if the causes of action are the same, a Nassau judge has ruled.
In Shaw Licitra v. Hahn, 039977/2006, District Court Judge Andrew M. Engel dismissed a suit brought by Shaw, Licitra, Gulotta, Esernio & Schwartz against Chris R. Hahn.
The decision will be published Monday.
"The court finds that such conduct was frivolous, being completely without merit in law, unable to be supported by any reasonable argument for an extension, modification or reversal of existing law, and undertaken primarily to harass or maliciously injure the defendant," Judge Engel wrote.
He imposed a $1,000 sanction against the firm and ordered it to deposit the funds in the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection. A hearing will be held April 27 to determine how much the firm will pay in attorney’s fees to Mr. Hahn. "