A federal court in Pennsylvania has reportedly sanctioned a Pittsburgh attorney and his firm with a $20,000 fine for violating Rule 11, that is, making a conscious decision “to take to trial a mere allegation which lacked objective evidentiary support.” The matter involved an alleged malfunctioning 9 mm pistol that the plaintiff claimed exploded in his hand. According to the court, the sanctioned attorney “ignored red flags surrounding the veracity and plausibility of his client’s story, lodged allegations without having reasonable belief that they were well-grounded in fact and with evidentiary support, and persisted with a claim that he was unable to obtain evidentiary support for despite having more than enough time and opportunity.” See The Legal Intelligencer, March 5, 2013.