Sunday 8 May 2011

The man who sued himself

There's a cracking website I stumbled across yesterday called "Lowering the Bar". It takes a lighter look at the goings on in the legal world.

One particular article that amused me was a case where a man attempted to sue himself in order to receive a judgment that would reflect favourably on his tax situation (Lodi v Lodi 173 Cal.App.3d 628). On rejecting the appeal of the first instance decision, Sims J (at 632) turned to the issue of legal costs:

"We have considered whether respondent/defendant/beneficiary should be awarded his costs of suit on appeal, which he could thereafter recover from himself. However, we believe the equities are better served by requiring each party to bear his own costs on appeal"


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