9th Circ. OKs $258K Atty Sanction In Dr. Dre IP Feud

By Leigh Kamping-Carder (June 7, 2010, 8:18 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday upheld a $258,000 sanction against an intellectual property attorney who represented a Bollywood composer in his longstanding copyright battle with hip-hop artist Dr. Dre and units of Universal Music Group.

In an opinion authored by U.S. District Judge Suzanne B. Conlon, the appeals court found that solo practitioner Anthony Kornarens had pursued a "meritless" copyright infringement claim on behalf of Indian composer Bappi Lahiri, requiring the attorney to pay the record label $247,397 in attorneys' fees and $10,808 in court costs.

"The district court's bad faith finding was based on...

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