Riviera Distribs., Inc. v. Jones
February 25, 2008
Riviera came to the wrong forum. Agreements such as the one between Riviera and Midwest are designed to reduce the price tag of decision-making. By filing another suit, Riviera forced Midwest to bear the very expenses that the parties had agreed to avoid. The party responsible for creating excessive legal costs must bear them itself in the end.
This conclusion makes it unnecessary to discuss the parties’ other disputes, such as whether by filing a second suit Riviera entitled Midwest to an award under 28 U.S.C. §1927.
The judgment is reversed, and the case is remanded for an award of reasonable attorneys’ fees to Midwest under 17 U.S.C. §505. The award should include the legal fees that Midwest has incurred to vindicate its rights on appeal.
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