Supreme Court of California
This malicious prosecution case stems from a complaint filed by Thomas Siebel against two California trial attorneys. Siebel alleges that the two attorneys filed frivolous employment discrimination claims against him in order to force a settlement. The attorneys had represented a former employee who sued Siebel for sexual discrimination, fraud and unpaid commissions. NFIB addressed the practical problems caused by frivolous, "shakedown" lawsuits, the value of counter suits as a remedy, and the policy reasons for not setting the bar for malicious prosecution suits so high that it prevents unscrupulous plaintiffs' lawyers from being held accountable.
Status: DECIDED. Amici Curiae brief in support of Siebel filed on 05/20/05. Oral argument heard on 05/02/07. Court ruled in favor of Siebel on 07/16/07.