District of Columbia Court of Appeals Issues Decision in Breezevale v. Dickinson, Vindicating The Ability Of The Courts To Protect Themselves Against Parties Who Rely Upon Intentionally Falsified Evidence
The District of Columbia Court of Appeals issued its decision in Breezevale Limited v. Dickinson, bringing to an end 11 years of litigation between Breezevale and its former lawyers, the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Our firm represented Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. The case involved one of the most egregious examples of bad faith litigation ever seen by the District of Columbia courts. The Court of Appeals upheld dismissal of all of Breezevale’s claims, and also upheld an award of $4,061,353 in favor of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP as monetary sanctions for the egregious misconduct of Breezevale, and to compensate Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP for being required to defend against a case that was premised upon forged documents and perjured testimony. The Court of Appeals agreed with the trial court’s finding that Breezevale had committed a fraud on the court, and engaged in conduct “utterly inconsistent with the orderly administration of justice,” justifying both dismissal of the case and an award of monetary sanctions.
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