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2 law firms pay nearly $4M in sanctions to Florida Bar Foundation

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Two Jacksonville law firms hit with $9 million in sanctions in 2017 by a four-judge panel have paid $3.6 million to the Florida Bar Foundation.

The panel of federal judges found the firms had filed more than 1,200 frivolous tobacco lawsuits. 

Farah & Farah and the Wilner law firm were ordered to pay the sanctions from their legal fees. 

The Florida Bar Foundation said the $3.6 million will be disbursed to civil legal aid organizations, like Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. 

The Bar Foundation will use $400,000 to develop and maintain long-term professionalism and ethics programming for Florida law schools and young lawyers.