Stanford Law Grad Bullied Christie’s
Proof that a law degree does not equate to ethical litigation. The ABA Journal reported today that a Stanford Law grad used his litigation skills to pursue a meritless and unethical lawsuit against Christie’s auction house for allegedly failing to sell a painting. In effect, the Stanford law grad’s “bad-faith litigation…was both filed without adequate basis and pursued in a vexatious and unreasonable manner.” The magistrate judge opined:
Here, there is no public wrong to be righted, no class of victims seeking redress, no constitutional liberty being vindicated. Instead, a greedy individual, with the advantage of a legal education and a claimed litigation expertise, has initiated and maintained this lawsuit, which anyone with a modicum of common sense would have soon realized was without merit. Nevertheless, with myopic vengeance, Fastov has pursued the defendants, using and abusing them and the judicial process.”
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