Commercial Litigation and Arbitration

Sanctions — Blame-Shifting — Good Quote and an 1871 Cartoon

From Ameriquest Mortgage Co. v. U.S. Bankruptcy Court, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 44835 (D. Mass. May 26, 2009) (Young, J.)

Oscar Wilde once said "It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you place the blame." This case presents the unedifying spectacle of a litigant and its lawyers engaging in egregious misrepresentations and, now that they have been sanctioned for such misconduct, scrambling to pass the blame on to others much like the iconic Thomas Nast cartoon of The Tweed Ring. Thomas Nast, Who Stole the People's Money?, Harper's Weekly, Aug. 19, 1871, at 764 (available at (

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