(CN) - A federal judge in Illinois ordered a prominent attorney to pay his former partners $635,000 and barred him from filing any more lawsuits against them without the judge's approval. U.S. District Judge David Herndon cited a January decision by the 7th Circuit that called Rex Carr "out of control" and faulted his lawyers for not reining him in.
Judge Herndon found that Carr acted in bad faith in filing nine lawsuits against his former partners in Carr Korein Tillery since the firm broke up in 2003.
Carr claimed his partners withheld millions in legal fees to which he was entitled.
"The sheer volume of cases, many of them duplicative, demonstrates in the Court's view that Carr's motive in filing the cases has been to harass his ex-partners and to coerce them to accede in his demand for additional fees by raising the same claims repeatedly in new fora," Herndon wrote.
Carr must get Herndon's approval before filing any claims in any forum against his former partners.
Herndon rejected some of the $1.4 million in attorney's fees that Carr's former partners requested.
Herndon found that Dickstein, Shapiro, of Washington, D.C., charged too much. It charged $510-$750 per hour for partners, $360-$435 per hour for associates and $140-$240 for paralegals.