Last week, basketball legend Michael Jordan saw a paternity lawsuit against him tossed out of court. The case was brought by Laquetta Theus, claiming Jordan was the father of her 3-year-old daughter. However, a paternity test, previously conducted, revealed that Hubert Henderson Jr. was the father, and not Jordan.
Gilbert LLP, a Washington-based law firm, is suing its former client, Tire Engineering & Distribution LLC, for “more than $6 million in legal fees and expenses,” stemming from a $26 million jury award.
Tire Engineering & Distribution LLC does business with Alpha Tyre Systems and Alpha Mining Systems. It builds special tires used for underground mining. Gilbert claims that after it helped Alpha win the $26 million judgment in a trade secret case, Alpha refused to pay Gilbert and instead switched lawyers– “to former Gilbert partners who started their own practice.”
Starbucks Corp. is set to pay Mondelez International Inc. $2.79 billion to settle a “dispute over distribution in the coffee-shop chain’s bagged-coffee unit . . . .” This whopping payment, ordered by an arbitrator, includes $2.23 billion in damages and $557 million in interest and attorneys’ fees. Starbucks stated that it has the cash and borrowing power to cover the payment, and will “book it as a charge to its fiscal 2013 operating expenses.”
Los Angeles, California resident Eric Preven and the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU) have sued the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors over the county’s refusal to “disclose legal bills for lawsuits over alleged mistreatment of prisoners in jails run by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.”
Last week the ACLU said that lawsuits against the Sheriff’s Department cost Los Angeles County $37 million last year, “not including the costs the County paid to private lawyers to defend LASD, which would likely add millions to the total.”
Recently, acting Rockland County Supreme Court Justice Victor Alfieri Jr. held that Youcheng Wu’s promise to pay his estranged lover $500,000 after the relationship ended was not a binding contract. The woman must now pay Wu’s attorney’s fees and her lawyer must pay a $2,500 sanction for pursuing a frivolous claim.
On November 5, 2013, an arbitrator recommended that Zygi, Mark and Leonard Wilf pay roughly $15 million in attorney’s fees to former business partners they defrauded in a “failed New Jersey real-estate venture,” that could cost the Minnesota Vikings executives approximately $100 million.
Special master Stephen Orlofsky found that the Wilfs should pay “full court costs in addition to $84.5 million in damages they [owe] in connection with a 21-year-old New Jersey lawsuit.” In August, Morris County Judge Deanne Wilson, held that the Vikings executives committed fraud and violated New Jersey’s civil racketeering laws.
Ralph Lerner, a former Sidley Austin partner, was suspended for one year by an Appellate Division, First Department panel, for charging “car service rides for himself and his family to clients.” The firm confronted Lerner about charging clients for rides back in 2008. In response, “Lerner reimbursed clients about $50,000 and resigned from the firm.” Lerner was given the opportunity to turn himself in to the Departmental Disciplinary Committee, which he did.