‘Bottom Feeding’ ‘Scum Sucking’ ‘Loser’ Lawyers Punished For Exchanging Insults

According to a story published on December 31, 2010 in St. Petersburg Times, two opposing Tampa Bay attorneys were punished for resorting to an ugly e-mail insults battle when the two sides couldn’t agree on court dates or much of anything.

After the e-mail “flame” war escalated, two complaints were filed by the Florida State Bar and the Florida Supreme Court handed down sanctions to both lawyers.  One of the attorneys, Mitchell, was suspended for 10 days and was ordered to attend an anger management class.  The other, Mooney, got a public reprimand and now must take a class on professionalism.

The insults started in 2008 when Mooney, 50, addressed his colleague, Mitchell, 36, as a “Junior”, when the two couldn’t agree on a hearing for their clients, Mitchell was representing a plaintiff suing Volkswagen of America, with Mooney representing the car maker.

“Please do not send me any more of these absurd emails. While I am happy to know that you are also the judge in this case, your continued unprofessional & juvenile behavior is not necessary,” he wrote.

Mitchell responded: “Old Hack: Your unprofessional and otherwise asinine behavior is not necessary. Learn to litigate professionally and these issues will be avoided.”

From there insults went to a whole other level, as we found reported on ABA Journal web site.

From Mooney to Mitchell, written after an accusation that he couldn’t handle the pressures of litigation: Mooney said he was handling more than 200 cases, “many of which were more important/significant than these little Mag[nuson] Moss [warranty] claims that are handled by bottom feeding/scum sucking/loser lawyers like yourself.”

From Mitchell: Mooney displays symptoms of a disability marked by “closely spaced eyes, dull blank stare, bulbous head, lying.”

From Mooney: Mitchell should look in the mirror to see signs of a disability. “Then check your children (if they are even yours. … Better check the garbage man that comes by your trailer to make sure they don’t look like him).”

From Mitchell, after learning Mooney’s son suffers from a birth defect: “While I am sorry to hear about your disabled child, that sort of thing is to be expected when a retard reproduces.”

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