Suit on it. I hired and payed an attorney to represent me. The plaintiff is not persuing his claim anymore, since I have mounting evidence against him and his fake witnesses. He did cost me attorneys and Court fees, I am going to law school and was not pleased with my attorney's work or with his newfound friendship with the plaintiff when he was trusted to go to the mediations without me. He is steping down from my case. Here is the question, even if I don't persue my Counterclaim settlement, in Florida under the Statute 57.105 I should be able to recover my attorney's fees. Is that correct? On my attorney's whitdrawal upcoming hearing can I file this motion myself? This frivolous lawsuit was filed 6 months ago and is stale, since the Plaintiff appears to be an aquaintance of the Judge.
It is hard to give you a specific answer without more specific facts. However it is very hard to get a 57.105 award. It would need to be patently clear the defendant knew he was filing a false, or baseless claim. Merely because one side looses, or cannot present sufficient evidence does not satisfy the requirement. Otherwise for example, every time the court grants summary judgment finding the law is firmly in favor of one side, vs, the other, the losing party would be subject to fees and costs. As for representing yourself that is your right, but generally not advisable. If you believe the judge has a favorable relationship with the other side and cannot be impartial you should ask him/her to withdraw. Good luck.
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