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.