► U.S. Judge Catherine Eagles of Greensboro, NC; one of the Good Gals Print E-mail

► U.S. Judge Catherine Eagles of Greensboro, NC; one of the Good Gals

 

The State of North Carolina presented Catherine Caldwell Eagles with a law license in 1982 after she graduated from the George Washington University School of Law.

 

In one matter, Judge Eagles presided over a case involving Generations Federal Credit Union of Texas that involved attorneys Steve Six and Darren Kaplan of the Stueve Siegel Hanson law firm in Kansas City.

 

During the pendency of the Generations lawsuit, Judge Eagles ruled that attorneys Six and Kaplan were liable for attorney fees incurred by Generations amounting to over $118,000 relating to their frivolous conduct. In her sanctions ruling against Six and Kaplan, Judge Eagles stated in part:

  • Six and Kaplan acted unreasonably and in bad faith, and caused an unnecessary appeal, and that sanctions were appropriate
  • Filed a sham objection to Judge Eagle’s consideration of an arbitration agreement offered by Generations while at the same time hiding, for two years the existence of an identical copy in the possession of their client
  • Knowingly and intentionally misled the court about existence of client’s copy of arbitration agreement
  • Equitable considerations favor an additional financial sanction
  • The  sanctioned attorneys have made no argument that their behavior was negligent rather than deliberate
  • Though sanctioned counsel did not dispute the basic fact underlying the sanctions motion—that sanctioned counsel knew [their client] had a copy of the arbitration agreement and did not tell Generations or the Court about it for two years—they have not accepted any real responsibility for their actions and their consequences.”

Subsequently, Judge Eagles sanctioned attorneys Six and Kaplan in the amount of $150,000 for their frivolous conduct and for misleading the court about the existence of a crucial document.

 

Kudos to Judge Eagles for having the courage and fortitude to punish wayward attorneys for engaging in a variety of misconduct.

 

As we speak (ca. January 2019), Judge continues to sit as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina in Greensboro, North Carolina.

 

 
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