By now it’s no secret that the lawyer representing the Hawai‘i State Teachers Association has engaged in a curious and confusing legal strategy in the union’s high-profile labor dispute with the state.
But attorney Herb Takahashi’s bewildering tactics are nothing new, a court order issued earlier this year in an unrelated arbitration case suggests.
In that case, Takahashi filed a series of “premature and unnecessary” motions, according to the judge’s ruling, that at best, caused confusion and, at worst, cost the state (and Takahashi’s client) a lot of money. The motions may have been an attempt to boost attorney’s fees, the judge said.
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