U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Attorney and Litigant Misconduct
Ransmeier v. UAL Corporation, et al.
Judges Hall and Carney
Background: After an appeal from a judgment, the Second Circuit affirmed the court’s judgment denying the appellant’s motion to intervene. The Second Circuit further ordered the appellant and her attorney to show cause why they should not be sanctioned for their conduct on appeal.
Ruling: The Second Circuit found that the appellant’s conduct was frivolous and imposed sanctions. The court noted that counsel for the appellant engaged in a pattern of vexatious and duplicative filings, targeting both opponents and judges with rude language, and asserting poor legal arguments. The court imposed sanctions on the appellant because she asserted in an affidavit that she worked closely with counsel and asserted offensive allegations against the underlying district court judge.
Bruce Leichty for the appellant; Peter G. Beeson of Devine Millimet & Branch for the plaintiff-appellee; Jeffrey J. Ellis of Quirk and Bakalor for the defendants-appellees