Federal Judge Fines Indian Tribe and Its Attorney for Frivolous Lawsuit

Federal Judge Marcia Cooke has ordered the Miccosukee tribe and its lawyer Bernardo Roman III to be sanctioned for over $1 million. Roman, on behalf of the Tribe, had sued three prominent Miami attorneys for malpractice and fraud. According to Judge Cooke, the lawsuit had “no evidence or only patently frivolous evidence.” She ordered the payment of $975,750 in costs and fees to law partners Guy Lewis and Michael Tein, and an additional $95,640 to lawyer Dexter Lehtinen. She further sanctions Roman under Rule 11 and refers his case to the Florida Bar for further action.

The Miami Herald Article on the case can be found here.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/west-miami-dade/article7044377.html

The Judge’s Order can be viewed at: Miccosukee Tribe v Cypress Omnibus Order

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