No. 79-701.

447 U.S. 752 (1980)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided June 23, 1980.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Miles Curtiss McKee argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the briefs was Armin J. Moeller, Jr.

Herschel E. Richard, Jr., argued the cause and filed a brief for respondents.

Harriet S. Shapiro argued the cause for the United States et al. as amici curiae urging affirmance. With her on the brief were Solicitor General McCree, Assistant Attorney General Days, Leroy D. Clark, Joseph T. Eddins, Lutz Alexander Prager, and Raymond R. Baca.*

MR. JUSTICE POWELL delivered the opinion of the Court.

This case presents the question whether federal courts have statutory or inherent power to tax attorney's fees directly against counsel who have abused the processes of the courts.


In June 1975, two former employees and one unsuccessful job applicant brought a civil rights class action against petitioner Roadway Express, Inc. (Roadway). The complaint filed in the United States District Court...

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