Pont v. Pont: Sanctions; Attorney Fees

Pont v. Pont (Sanctions; Attorney Fees)

California Court of Appeal, Second District

Published Opinion, (2018) 31 Cal.App.5th 428

File Date:
Filed 12-20-2018

In Pont v. Pont (Sanctions; Attorney Fees) case, four years after resolving their divorce case in Los Angeles County Superior Court by a stipulated judgment, the former wife sued her former husband in Orange County Superior Court in a civil action alleging he siphoned community assets. The Orange County court dismissed that action on demurrer. The former husband filed a motion in the Los Angeles County court for sanctions. The divorce judgment had a prevailing party provision stating: If any Party is forced to seek Court intervention to enforce any provision of this Stipulated Further Judgment, the prevailing Party shall be entitled to all of her or his reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in connection therewith.” It also reserved jurisdiction over any enforcement issues to the family court in Los Angeles. The family court sanctioned the former wife $90,000 for bringing the unsuccessful civil action, which it found were the fees awardable to the former husband under the prevailing party provision of the divorce judgment in the Pont v. Pont (Sanctions; Attorney Fees) case. The appellate court affirmed.

Pont v. Pont 1-16-19

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