Florida Court Awards Tribe Atty Fees But Slams Its Actions

Law360 (June 21, 2021, 7:45 PM EDT) -- The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida will receive $30,000 in attorney fees after fending off a malicious-prosecution lawsuit from now-defunct Miami law firm Lewis Tein PL on sovereign immunity grounds, but a state judge said he would have awarded "no fee at all" if able.

Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman harshly criticized the tribe in his June 15 order for a series of "inexcusable"  lawsuits it brought against its former outside counsel, Michael Tein and Guy Lewis, and their boutique firm. The judge said the "ferocious attack" took a severe toll on the lawyers financially and emotionally despite their...

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