In a brief judgment published yesterday, a three judge panel from the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected the appeal of the plaintiffs and affirmed the decision and sanctions imposed by the DC District Court.
The Hollister v Soetoro case was the famous “interpleader” suit where Hollister tried to force Barack Obama and Joe Biden to litigate who was really president so that he (as military officer subject to recall) would know whom he owed his loyalty (a loyalty valued at $500).
The District Court in DC found the lawsuit silly (my word) and reprimanded attorney Hemenway for filing it. Phil Berg appears to be the real mover behind the suit, but he was beyond the court’s ability to sanction, not having signed the complaint. District Judge Robertson wrote:
This case, if it were allowed to proceed, would deserve mention in one of the books that seek to prove that the law is foolish or that America has too many lawyers with not enough to do.