Monday, April 09, 2007

Chicago Federal Court Issues Order Restraining Leo Stoller's Filing of New Lawsuits

In an Order issued on March 8, 2007 (here), the Executive Committee of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has enjoined Leo Stoller from "filing any new action or proceeding" with the court "without first obtaining leave."

Noting that Mr. Stoller has filed "at least 49 lawsuits in this Court, individually or through one of his corporations" and that in 2006 and 2007 he has filed "five appeals to the District Court in connection with orders entered by the Bankruptcy Court ... and three appeals to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals," the Executive Committee found that "reasonable and necessary constraints must be imposed upon Mr. Stoller's ability to file new civil cases in this District pro se."

Leo Stoller

The Order sets out a procedure by which Stoller must submit any new complaint accompanied by a "Motion Seeking Leave to File Pursuant to Order of Executive Committee." The Motion must include a "sworn statement certifying that the claims raised by or on behalf of Mr. Stoller in the complaint are new claims never before raised in any federal court." The Executive Committee will then examine any complaint submitted to determine whether it should be filed.


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