Pa. Attys Could Face More Suits Over Frivolous Filings

March 9, 2015 – In The News
Law360

Robert Tintner was quoted in the Law360 article “Pa. Attys Could Face More Suits Over Frivolous Filings.” Full text can be found in the March 9, 2015, issue, but a synopsis is below.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will soon hear arguments in a case stemming from the infamous "kids for cash" judicial bribery scandal.

Gregory Zappala, a defendant in a group of class actions stemming from the infamous "kids for cash" judicial bribery scandal, will attempt to convince the justices that his voluntarily dismissal in early stages of the federal litigation gave him standing to sue the law firms involved for abuse of process under the state’s so-called Dragonetti Act.

Accepting Zappala’s argument could result in a significant shift in the way the Dragonetti Act has been commonly understood.

Robert Tintner explained that a finding for Zappala could create a significant uptick in the volume of Dragonetti Act claims faced by attorneys in Pennsylvania.

“We don’t want to create a floodgate of cases for circumstances where we’re punishing lawyers who are trying to do the right thing,” he said. “I don’t think we should create culpability or a floodgate of new cases.”