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SANCTIONS?? I just filed a motion for sanctions concerning Plaintiff's boilerplate responses, this, after a previous motion to

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compel. The compliance to that motion by Plaintiff was to send the boilerplate answers to the interrogatories. (This is a foreclosure case) Included in the motion was the governing Florida statutes that expressly state that boilerplate will not be accepted; and, in addition, I identified appellate cases that directly apply to my situation. As a final nail, I attached exhibits that displayed the two dozen boilerplate answers in red, along with the interrogatories. What might be the "odds" of a monetary award, since I did suggest a dollar figure?.

Ok, all have stated no monetary sanctions for me. But then I wonder, if the facts are true as I've presented them, that there's been little to no compliance, state statues have been violated, I have cases supporting my position, and complete transcripts of plaintiff's bolierplate, and the judge rules against me, anyway, can this kind of motion be appealed? Or, are motions' decisions not appealable?

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  1. Best answer

    Monetary award: Minimal chance. Basically only if the judge gets really annoyed and decides to punish the other lawyer, even though case law does not support that type of sanction - no attorney means no attorney's fees as a sanction, and other monetary sanctions are unlikely.

    But, keep at it. Eventually the judge may get annoyed enough to impose the one important sanction that case law does support: Dismissal of the case against you. (It would be without prejudice though, so it could be re-filed).

    You should hire a lawyer if you want to play in this arena and hope to have a chance to win.

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  2. Probably slim to none. Unfortunately, most judges aren't holding foreclosure plaintiffs (or their lawyers) hands to the fire. Good luck!

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  3. Usually sanctions are attorney's fees. As you are not an attorney, no fees.

  4. I agree with others.

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  5. Fear not - you will get the best answer to your inquiry shortly when the judge issues a decision/order on your motion.

  6. In general, attorneys' fees and/or sanctions are RARELY awarded in my experience in NJ and NY.

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  7. Sanctions for discovery violations are usually awarded in the form of payment of attorney's fees. Because you are pro se, the judge will probably not award monetary sanctions. I suggest that you retain an attorney to help you defend the foreclosure action. Oftentimes, banks know that they can get away with a lot more when the defendant is pro se. Many attorneys on here, including myself, offer free initial consultations. Best of luck!

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