Monday, July 07, 2008

Molski v. Arciero Wine Group (Cal. Ct. App. - July 7, 2008)

It doesn't bode well for you when the very first paragraph of the Court of Appeal's factual statement includes the following two sentences: "[Plaintiff] has filed in excess of 400 such actions in state and federal court, and has been declared a vexatious litigant in both jurisdictions. His present counsel has represented him in many of these actions and is also subject to a prefiling order in federal court." Sort of gives you a sense of where the Court's going, eh?

The Court of Appeal ends up affirming the award of over $30,000 in attorney's fees against the plaintiff, Jarek Molski. As well as imposes a cost award against him on appeal. And entirely rightly so on both counts.

Not a good day for Mr. Molski. Or his attorneys, Thomas E. Frankovich (a Southwestern graduate) and Jennifer L. Steneberg (a Golden Gate graduate).

But a good day for justice and equity. IMHO, anyway.