Pa. Atty Sanctioned For Role In 'Frivolous' Insurance Appeal

Law360 (November 30, 2018, 6:21 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania appeals court on Friday took it upon itself to impose unilateral sanctions on an attorney it said had pursued a knowingly frivolous appeal on behalf of a woman challenging the appointment of an arbitrator in a coverage dispute with State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.

A three-judge panel said Philadelphia-area attorney Elliott Tolan had engaged in “obdurate and vexatious prosecution of a frivolous appeal” despite knowing that his client, Ruth Wallace, had failed to preserve her right to challenge the appointment in the arbitration proceedings.

“Tolan is well aware that Wallace had to lodge an objection in order to...

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