Sprawling Chicago Condo Court Fight Leads To $1M Sanction

Law360 (April 4, 2019, 9:24 PM EDT) -- A "serial litigator" and his lawyer have to pay more than $1 million in sanctions to residents of a Chicago-area condominium complex and their attorneys, after engaging in a "pattern of abuse" in litigation that included nearly 400 court filings and multiple frivolous complaints, an Illinois state court held.

Over the course of three consolidated cases, Marshall Spiegel and his attorney John S. Xydakis filed duplicative claims in different venues and hundreds of "voluminous, irrelevant and overly burdensome" motions, Cook County Circuit Judge Margaret Ann Brennan said in a March 29 order. The judge granted bids for sanctions brought by a...

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