Lewis Tein vs. Miccosukee

Lewis Tein. vs Miccosukee covers the saga of news, sanctions, and court orders surrounding the legal battles between attorneys Michael Tein and Guy Lewis and the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians and its attorneys; Ramon Rodriguez, Jose Herrera, and Bernardo Roman III. After Lewis Tein had represented two members of the Miccosukee in a fatal car accident in 2009, the tribe and its lawyers went on to sue Lewis Tein and former tribal Chairman, Billy Cypress, for racketeering and embezzlement. Years of litigation resulted in severe sanctions for the tribe and its attorneys, including charges from the Florida Bar for perjury, for pursuing a frivolous lawsuit with virtually no evidence to support their allegations.


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Florida’s Miccosukee Tribe Sanctioned for Unreasonable Lawsuit against Guy Lewis and Michael Tein

“A Florida federal judge on Friday ordered Florida’s Miccosukee Tribe of Indians and an attorney representing the tribe in a failed embezzlement case against the tribe’s former counsel to pay more than $1 million in sanctions.” Judge Cooke stated that the lawsuit filed against Dexter Wayne Lehtinen (former general counsel for the tribe), Guy Lewis, and Michael Tein by the Miccosukee Tribe “unreasonably and vexatiously multiplied the proceeding.”

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