How Do You Get Out Of Paying A Bill?

June 1, 2007 / Posted by:
Sue the bitch you owe money too! That's what Larry Birkhead is doing. Debra Opri infamously handed him a bill for $650,000 a few months ago. He still hasn't paid and doesn't plan on it.
Larry filed a lawsuit today claiming Debra cheated him out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Larry claims that he was recommended to Debra by a MSNBC reporter. He said Debra said that her services were on the house, because the publicity would do well for her practice.
TMZ reports:
Birkhead made a deal with NBC Universal for $1,050,000 to appear on various shows. The initial check to Birkhead was for $865,000. Birkhead says without his consent, Opri deposited the money in her client trust account. Indeed, Birkhead claims he "specifically advised Opri that she was not authorized to take control or possession of any of the funds…" Opri then turned over $200,000, leaving $665,000 in the trust account.

Birkhead, who claims conversion, fraud and legal malpractice, says he repeatedly demanded that Opri release the money but she refused. Birkhead then fired her.

Birkhead's suit then details another TMZ story, that after Opri was fired, she sent him a bill for $620,492.84 for legal services, which included charges for expensive dinners, Opri's publicist, and even her husband's laundry. Birkhead claims many of the charges were for Opri's "personal aggrandizement."

Birkhead further alleges in the suit that "Opri placed her own career desires and needs as a priority over the needs, interests and desires of her own client."

Birkhead also claims Opri represented herself as a specialist in California family law, but says the representation was false and she knew it.

Birkhead is seeking at least $885,000 in damages. He is also asking for punitive damages and rescission of any fee agreements Birkhead claims he signed under fraudulent pretenses.

Basically it looks like good ole' Larry wants to get out of paying his bill and then some! Shouldn't Larry have the dough to pay Debra? I mean he made money off of Dannielynn Hope left and right so far from magazine covers to TV interviews. Cheap bastard.
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