Just the one in Illinois, at least for now.
According to the Madison Record (thanks, Dave), Aaron Wemple has sued the Illinois State Bar Association and all of its members, alleging that ... well, that it and they have done and/or are doing something to him and/or others that requires compensation in an amount not less than $250,030,550,000. I wasn't able to get the complaint (for free), but here's how the Record describes it:
According to the complaint, the [ISBA] "was engaged in the business of exclusively authorizing processes for sale to and use by members of the general public." Wemple says [he was forced to use its process] but says it was "defective and unsafe for its intended purpose in that it generates degeneration financially, psychologically and/or physically."
On July 24, Wemple says he was "subjugated to the process ... referred to as 'counseling' from defendant's Judge Steadman at his/her/its place of business." On Nov. 20, 2011, Wemple says he used "the process" in the Madison County courthouse "for the purpose of protection" and, as a result was arrested and imprisoned.... [I.e., he was convicted of something.]
Wemple says he will prove that the [defendants] "profess in unison to refuse separating victims from criminals at the ground level points of engagement when there is an initial three-fold subjugation of marriage."
Among other things. Of course the legal process can generate degeneration, but it really isn't designed to do that. (Really.) And I don't think lawyers profess to do ... whatever he's talking about in that last paragraph. Regardless, Wemple demands the aforementioned $250.03055 billion in damages, $250 billion of which is said to be "damages to intellectual property."
Turns out Mr. Wemple has sought to punish these miscreants before. In 2012, he filed an action entitled Wemple v. Illinois State Bar Association Members and Knowing Accomplices, and while that title has plenty of merit the underlying action did not. In his order dismissing the complaint—which he noted had been mailed to the court from jail—Judge Richard Mills noted that Wemple had alleged six counts of treason against the defendants, as follows:
- Count 1—Treason by Dictatorship;
- Count 2—Treason by Deceptive Practice over the People’s Judicial Government;
- Count 3—Treason by Inhumane Authority over Government;
- Count 4—Treason by Jeopardy Extortion within a Branch of Government;
- Count 5—Treason by Cruelly Exploiting Pain and Suffering; and
- Count 6—Treason by Fraudulent Taxation without Representation.
I'm sure all those claims had merit, but the court did not have to dig too deep because treason is a criminal offense, not a basis for a civil lawsuit. Not that others haven't also tried. See, e.g., Hale v. Members of the House & Senate of the United States, 2012 WL 5430962 (M.D. Fla. Oct. 5, 2012).
Nor was that "Wemple's first rodeo," Judge Mills wrote, citing no fewer than six previous orders (including two of his own) dismissing Wemplian complaints as not just frivolous but "inscrutable." In one of those cases, Wemple sued "all Illinois judicial circuits" claiming they were unconstitutional and demanding $4.2 trillion. Judge Mills dismissed that action and then, I assume because back then he still found it amusing, granted leave to amend.
If it was fun then, it's not fun anymore. Judge Mills ruled in Wemple v. ISBAMAKA that Wemple would be added to the list of "restricted filers" (sometimes called "vexatious litigants") who typically must seek leave before filing anything (and pay fees up front) because of this sort of history. I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that Wemple did not comply with that, and that the new case will therefore be shortlived.