429 P.3d 1230 (Hawai’i App. 2018), CAAP-16-0000437, Harlacher v. Lautenbach

Docket Nº:CAAP-16-0000437
Citation:429 P.3d 1230, 143 Hawai‘i 301
Party Name:Michael Anthony Kimo HARLACHER and Roni Lee Du Preez, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. Andrew LAUTENBACH, Michael Smythe, the Law Firm of Starn, O’Toole, Marcus and Fisher, Defendants-Appellees, and John Does 1-10, Jane Does 1-10, Doe Entities 1-10, Doe Corporations 1-10, and Doe Governmental Entities 1-10, Defendants
Attorney:Michael Anthony Kimo Harlacher, and Roni Lee Du Preez, Pro Se Plaintiffs-Appellants Mark J. Bennett and Orian J. Lee (Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher) for Defendants-Appellees
Judge Panel:By: Leonard, Presiding Judge, and Reifurth and Chan, JJ.
Case Date:November 09, 2018
Court:Court of Appeals of Hawai'i, Intermediate
 
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429 P.3d 1230 (Hawai’i App. 2018)

143 Hawai‘i 301

Michael Anthony Kimo HARLACHER and Roni Lee Du Preez, Plaintiffs-Appellants,

v.

Andrew LAUTENBACH, Michael Smythe, the Law Firm of Starn, O’Toole, Marcus and Fisher, Defendants-Appellees, and John Does 1-10, Jane Does 1-10, Doe Entities 1-10, Doe Corporations 1-10, and Doe Governmental Entities 1-10, Defendants

No. CAAP-16-0000437

Intermediate Court of Appeals of Hawai‘i

November 9, 2018

Editorial Note:

This decision has been designated as "Unpublished disposition." in the Pacific Reporter. See HI R RAP RULE 35

APPEAL FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SECOND CIRCUIT (CIVIL NO. 15-1-0475)

On the briefs:

Michael Anthony Kimo Harlacher, and Roni Lee Du Preez, Pro Se Plaintiffs-Appellants

Mark J. Bennett and Orian J. Lee (Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher) for Defendants-Appellees

By: Leonard, Presiding Judge, and Reifurth and Chan, JJ.

SUMMARY DISPOSITION ORDER

Plaintiffs-Appellants Michael Anthony Kimo Harlacher and Roni Lee Du Preez, husband and wife, (collectively "Plaintiffs") appeal from the May 18, 2016 Judgment and the June 17, 2016 Amended Judgment entered in the Circuit Court of the Second Circuit ("Circuit Court").1 The judgments dismissed Plaintiffs’ Complaint claiming abuse of process, civil conspiracy, and vicarious liability against Michael Smythe, Andrew Lautenbach, and the Law Firm of Starn, O’Toole, Marcus and Fisher (collectively "Defendants"), and awarded attorneys’ fees to Defendants and against Plaintiffs under Hawai‘i Revised Statutes section 607-614.5 (2016).

On appeal, Plaintiffs raise the following points of error, contending that the Circuit Court: (1) erred by dismissing the abuse of process, civil conspiracy, and vicarious liability claims; (2) erred by determining that Plaintiffs’ complaint was frivolous and imposing sanctions; and (3) abused its discretion by failing to sua sponte sanction defendant attorneys under Hawai‘i Rules of Civil Procedure ("HRCP") Rule 11.

After reviewing the record on appeal and the relevant legal authorities, and giving due consideration to the issues raised and the arguments advanced by...

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