Court Tosses Fees for ‘King of Qui Tam,’ Business Model Done?


Catherine Battin suggested that an Illinois court decision denying attorneys’ fees to a Chicago lawyer who continually files lawsuits alleging failure to collect Internet sales tax “could really solve the problem here in Illinois.” Ms. Battin, counsel to a retailer in this latest case, noted that the court ruling “leaves the door open for legitimate insiders and relators, but not this kind of cottage industry where you have one lawyer filing a thousand lawsuits.”