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Minnesota Attorney Ordered to Pay $75,000 for ‘Meritless’ Lawsuits

U.S. District Judge Ann D. Montgomery ordered a Minnesota-based attorney to pay $75,000 for continuing to file and litigate ""show-me-the-note"" lawsuits, ""MERSCORP Holdings"":http://www.mersinc.org/ announced Thursday.


William B. Butler of the Butler Liberty Law, LLC was ordered to pay $75,000, plus an undetermined amount for legal costs incurred by counsel for MERS and its co-defendants.

Judge Montgomery joined three other judges in the Minnesota case.

In Blaylock v. Wells Fargo Bank, Judge Montgomery found that ""sanctions are warranted because of Butler's repeated attempts to assert the rejected ‘show me the note' theory, as well as his baseless quiet title claims and meritless slander of title arguments.""

Judge Montgomery said the $75,000 sanction was further justified against Butler because of ""his cruel arousal of unrealistic hope in his clients, all of whom face foreclosure and for whom this is an extremely emotional issue.""

""Butler's insistence on re-litigating losing arguments is staggering, and it comes with a cost, because it multiplies the expense of litigation and monopolizes scarce judicial resources,"" Judge Montgomery wrote. ""Moreover, no one, not even Butler, can reasonably or competently believe in the merits of any of these arguments. Butler's persistent filing of frivolous arguments is egregious and merits sanctions…""

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