It’s ironic how all of these legal scandals are playing out. It may be more of a reflection on corruption and disfunction of our legal system than it is of the crimes and misdeeds.
Just yesterday we told you about how the president’s former attorney, Michael Cohen’s legal team has dropped him over “payment” issues. Well, now Stormy Daniels may be facing the same problem. Her attorney filed for bankruptcy and is looking to bleed her dry before the case comes to its conclusion.
So where does that leave the clients after they are bled dry of all their money? … Good question.
JD Journal has this info for you.
Stormy Daniels raised $577,000 from the public to help pay for her lawsuits against Donald Trump and his lawyer Michael Cohen, and a bankruptcy lawsuit against her current attorney’s firm threatens to take that cash away.
According to Fox News, Daniels’ outspoken attorney, Michael Avenatti, was forced by a bankruptcy court last month to pay $10 million to Jason Frank, a former lawyer at Avenatti’s firm. Frank said that Eagan Avenatti LLP owed him $4.85 million and stiffed him on the first payment. He asked a bankruptcy judge to allow him access to the legal fees the firm collects from its clients, including Daniels.
Frank is allowed to collect up to $10 million from Eagan Avenatti, but Avenatti told Fox News that Daniels’ money is not up for grabs.
“Eagan Avenatti, LLP has never represented Ms. Clifford,” Avenatti told Fox News in an email. “Eagan Avenatti, LLP has never had any retention agreement with Ms.Clifford…Ms. Clifford never hired Eagan Avenatti, LLP…Eagan Avenatti, LLP is not entitled to any fees from Ms. Clifford…and Eagan Avenatti, LLP has no right to any fees raised from Crowdjustice.com.”
… Avenatti is representing Daniels in her defamation cases against Cohen and Trump, who claimed that she was lying about her 2006 affair with our current president. Daniels is also suing Trump and Cohen in order to break the 2016 non-disclosure agreement she had signed in exchange for $130,000.
Cohen is now facing criminal charges because of the payment to Daniels and other business dealings. It is widely speculated that he may flip on Trump in the case being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Leave it to lawyers to make an even bigger mess of things than they already are.