In this case involving alleged sexual harassment, plaintiff's counsel moved to disqualify counsel representing defendants (a hospital and individual employees), arguing "extraordinary conflict of interest." Defendants replied with a Rule 11 motion and sought sanctions.
Both the trial court and an appeals court rules that the disqualification motion was out of line, and that sanctions, including attorneys fees were warranted:
- "The court noted that plaintiffs’ counsel had provided no legal authority in support of his motion for disqualification. The court further found that a reasonable and responsible attorney in plaintiffs’ counsel’s position would have known that defendants’ counsel had appropriately advised his clients of potential conflicts and obtained waiver letters. On these facts, the court concluded that the district court’s ruling was 'unassailable.'"