Brent Sherota, the attorney currently representing the Hindu Temple of Georgia, did not return a reporter's calls or e-mails on Monday.
Opponents claim the lawsuits are retaliation against people who vocalized concerns about the temple's practices or failed to pay exorbitant costs for rituals. Scott said he doesn't know if he will be able to collect the attorney fees, since the temple is bankrupt and has had a "revolving door" of six different lawyers over the past few years.
Scott hopes the decision to award attorney fees will convince Annamalai to halt a barrage of lawsuits against dissenters. About a dozen other lawsuits he has filed against former devotees or critics are still pending in Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties, Scott said.
"As long as he continues to file more lawsuits, my clients are going to continue to incur these attorneys fees," Scott said. "The easiest way we can deter these is to get judgments against [Annamalai] for filing them in the first place. So that's the tactic that I'm taking."