TRUMBULL CO., Ohio (WKBN) - A Warren attorney has been permanently disbarred and will no longer be able to practice law.
The Ohio Supreme Court disbarred John Large for a "third significant breach of misconduct," including something that led to his client being sanctioned for filing a frivolous lawsuit.
The vote was 4 to 3 to disbar the attorney.
The Court said Large "had prior disciplinary offenses, displayed dishonest or selfish motive, engaged in a pattern of misconduct and committed multiple offenses," according to documents.
Large was first suspended in 2009 and again in 2012. The Supreme Court said he violated several rules for Ohio lawyers, claiming he failed to communicate with two clients about their cases and follow through with legal proceedings.
In 2015, a couple hired Large to help them collect money they loaned to another couple.
The Supreme Court said Large rescheduled their hearing and didn't tell his clients, so they drove six hours only to discover their case wasn't going to be heard. They said they called Large several times and he didn't return their calls.
When the hearing was scheduled again, the Supreme Court said Large didn't show and he claimed he made a scheduling error.
In another case, Large didn't investigate his client's claims or gather information to prove his client suffered damages, according to court documents. Then Large dismissed the case without telling the client, the Supreme Court said.
The client ended up paying the defendants over $25,000 on what the court determined to be frivolous lawsuits.
Large was ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution to that client and reimburse him for any payment the client is required to make because of the frivolous lawsuits.