Trials & Litigation

Ordered to pay $67K in legal fees, lawyer calls 9th Circuit's sanction 'a badge of honor'


Ordered by a federal appeals court to pay $67,495 in legal fees to the companies involved in an airline merger he contested on antitrust grounds, a longtime San Francisco lawyer says he will have to pay the money of his own pocket.

But Joseph Alioto said the sanction by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will not deter him from continuing to argue against such mergers, despite what he called a lack of clear guidance provided to those in his position by the court, reports Reuters.

“I wear that sanction as a badge of honor,” Alioto said of the court’s Thursday order in an interview with the news agency. “I intend to continue to challenge these mergers, which have such a direct impact … on the people so long as the government does not do it.”

Also see:

ABAJournal.com: “Attorney and law firm must pay $67K in legal fees for ‘vexatious’ suit challenging airline merger”

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