It takes an awful lot for the Law Court to impose fees, and even then, it is typically only a minimal spanking (e.g. treble regular costs). So you can bet that when the Court awarded $10,000 in attorney’s fees on appeal, the conduct of the attorney at issue there was pretty … special. Lincoln v. Burbank, 2016 ME 138.
Justice Alexander spells out all the bad behavior in the 31-page decision, and there is a lot of it, so I’m not going to repeat it here. I did think the mention of binding the brief with “twine” was a particularly nice touch. (More serious infractions included trying to represent people who didn’t want the lawyer to represent them, making factual assertions not in the record, filing out of time, etc., etc., etc.)
Searching for useful nuggets among the muck, there is one point of note, I think. There were two sets of appellees,