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7th Circuit clamps down on deadbeat serial litigant

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Hiring,Human Resources

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has barred a woman from filing any new civil lawsuits or renewing old ones anywhere in the circuit until she pays fines various courts have already levied.

Recent case: Susan Hinds has been involved in litigation against a host of companies she claims either didn’t hire her or fired her because of sex discrimination. The only problem with her many cases: She had never been hired or even applied for work with any of the companies she sued.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals or­­dered her to pay the attorneys’ fees for the companies that had to defend them­selves against her baseless charges. The court also said she can’t file any papers in old or new lawsuits until the money has been paid. (Hinds v. En­­hanced Business Reporting Consortium, Inc., No. 10-3457, 7th Cir., 2011)

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