Lawyer did not lie to guage about grandfather’s dying however fudged the date, letter reveals
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Lawyer did not lie to guage about grandfather’s…
Trials & Litigation
By Debra Cassens Weiss
November 15, 2019, 2:40 pm CST
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A lawyer who has filed 2,000 lawsuits for copyright infringement received little sympathy from a choose Wednesday throughout a courtroom listening to to find out whether or not he must be jailed for failing to supply proof of his grandfather’s dying.
U.S. District Decide Cathy Seibel of New York had ordered lawyer Richard Liebowitz to produce the proof after he missed an April 12 courtroom listening to and mentioned the rationale was a dying within the household that occurred on the listening to date.
Liebowitz didn’t provide a dying certificates or obituary, however he filed a letter saying his grandfather died. He filed subsequent declarations making the identical declare, with out additional proof.
A Nov. 11 letter to the courtroom by Richard Greenberg, a lawyer representing Liebowitz, mentioned Liebowitz’s grandfather had certainly died, however the date of dying was April 9, and he was buried the identical day, Legislation360 stories. A dying certificates and funeral dwelling receipt had been connected to the letter.
Through the listening to, Greenberg mentioned Liebowitz was “in a daze” after his grandfather’s dying, and any misrepresentations weren’t intentional, based on protection of the listening to by the Smoking Gun.
Seibel countered that it was implausible that Liebowitz’s haze continued by the various months that he “tried to wheedle his approach out of the issue.”
Liebowitz additionally apologized through the listening to, calling his misstatements “an sincere mistake,” based on the Smoking Gun.
“Cease kidding your self,” Seibel replied. Slightly than being an sincere mistake, Liebowitz’s statements amounted to a “concerted marketing campaign of deception,” she mentioned.
Greenberg’s letter mentioned Liebowitz is “an avid photographer,” and his burgeoning copyright follow “clearly fills a necessity within the ranks of freelance photographers who battle to make finish meet financially whereas their work is usually utilized by business entities, largely media corporations, with out permission or compensation.”
Greenberg requested Seibel to vacate two contempt orders in opposition to Liebowitz, to declare his monetary penalties glad, and to permit him to proceed to follow earlier than the federal courtroom.
Greenberg estimated that Liebowitz owed $three,700 in monetary penalties due to fines imposed by Seibel for every day that he failed to produce the requested proof.