An appeals court in New Jersey ordered plaintiffs in a business class to pay $175,000 of sanction fees racked up by attorney in two states on what was deemed a “playful” litigation. The fees are to be made payable to Weingarten Brown, an L.A.-based firm recently bought by Newark’s McCarter & English, and Venable LLP.
According to the Appellate Division, the high-paying sum was reasonable given the plaintiffs’ actions which include harassment, measured attempts to prolong the litigation, and bringing in multiple defendants.
The legal clash started in 2011 of sales contacts providing for a purchase of servers and applications from MD Tablet and Grange Consulting Group --- healthcare tech firms owned by plaintiff Parmjit Singh Parmar, from Pineboard Holdings Inc.
Pineboard wound up making a payment of $4.1 million plus a $1 million settlement linking to an after-sale disagreement.
The defendants in the case moved for sanctions, in which the Superior Court granted, demanding Parmer to pay over $197,000 to cover legal fees for the defense counsel.
The sanction was revised to over $175,600.