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Posner Scorches Attorney Who Sued Partners

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CN) - The 7th Circuit rejected St. Louis-area class-action attorney Rex Carr's claim for millions of dollars from his former partners. "This litigation is groundless," Judge Richard Posner wrote in a scathing opinion. "The plaintiff is out of control and his lawyers are neglecting their duties as officers of the state and federal courts by failing to rein him in."

Carr has filed eight lawsuits against his former partners in Illinois and a ninth in Missouri. This ruling involved his most recent appeal involving the 2003 breakup of his former firm - Carr, Korein Tillery LLC. Carr claims he was cheated out of millions in legal fees.

Judge Posner wrote that even though Carr's complaint was not utterly frivolous, it indicated an intent to harass.

Posner described Carr as "locked in mortal combat with his former law partners. ... One of these suits, as we'll see, led this Court to sanction Carr for misconduct."

Posner directed the district court "to assess a proper monetary sanction."

"The district court should also consider whether to enjoin Carr from conducting further litigation arising from actions by the defendants of which he has complained in his voluminous filings to date. Such injunctions, which complement the award of monetary sanctions for vexatious litigation, are standard remedies for misconduct in litigation."

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