Monday, June 07, 2010

Lahiri v. Universal Music and Video Dist. Corp. (9th Cir. - June 7, 2010)

A lawyer files a copyright case. Who owns the copyright is governed by the law of India, and the lawyer relies on a foreign law expert. Nonetheless, the district court sanctions the lawyer for over a quarter million dollars.

And the Ninth Circuit affirms, holding -- in a published opinion -- that there was "clear and convincing" evidence of the attorney's subjective bad faith, and that the quarter-million-plus sanction award was not excessive.

A bad Monday morning for Marina Del Rey attorney Anthony Kornarens.