Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 24483
Attorney Name Kiesewetter, Jr., William B.
DBP Docket No. 152 DB 1999
Supreme Court Docket No. 968 DD No. 3
County Allegheny
Disciplinary Counsel Samuel F. Napoli
Counsel for Respondent Robert L. Federline
Decision Date 2005-12-27
Effective Date 2006-01-27
Case Digest In a civil action, Respondent was found to have committed fraud by misappropriating family assets from his sisters and nephews. His total liability was in excess of $3.6 million, including $500,000 in punitive damages. The Supreme Court approved the use by Disciplinary Counsel of the doctrine of offensive collateral estoppel, precluding Respondent from relitigating the issue of fraud.
Rule Violation(s) 8.4(c)
Discipline Imposed Disbarment
Points of Law Holding(s) of Precedential Value There is no prohibition against applying the doctrine of collateral estoppel offensively in a disciplinary matter when fairness dictates such application.
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