Howard K. Stern lost a big one in the Bahamas today.
Stern's appeal on DNA testing was just shut down, and Howard K. was penalized by the three-judge panel to the tune of $10,000. TMZ has learned Stern was ordered to pay $5,000 in attorney's fees to the Registrar General and $5,000 to Birkhead's lawyer -- not Debra Opri, the Bahamian one.
This could clear the way for the unsealing of the DNA test results -- that should happen in court this week.
Typically, these penalties (called "sanctions") are imposed when an appeal is frivolous.