Tables Turned on Allred in $1M Fraud Suit

Now celebrity lawyer is the one being sued, by former client
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2017 8:56 AM CDT
Tables Turned on Allred in $1M Fraud Suit
Attorney Gloria Allred walks to the courtroom for Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Tuesday in Norristown, Pa.   (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Pool Photo via AP)

Usually on the side that's doing the accusing, Gloria Allred has just been slammed with a lawsuit from an ex-client alleging she's the guilty party. Per LawNewz, TV weatherman Kyle Hunter, who hired the celebrity lawyer to represent him in his claim that CBS discriminated against him in favor of pretty young meteorologists, filed a legal malpractice and fraud suit against Allred on Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Hunter's specific beef: that Allred messed up key parts of his defense, and that she didn't clue him in that she and CBS were developing a legal drama based on her life, which he says is a conflict of interest. All of this led to "a near-seven-figure legal bill for Hunter, a sunk suit against CBS, and [his] impaired reputation," per his complaint. (The suit, which is asking for $1 million in damages, was filed by a lawyer who contributes op-eds to LawNewz).

In the suit, Hunter blasts Allred and other lawyers at her firm for not interviewing witnesses who may have helped his case, among other grievances. Per Variety, Hunter's suit says the $800,000 legal bill he had to pay when he lost to CBS left him near bankruptcy. LawNewz also uncovered in March that the State Bar of California is looking into Allred's actions for misconduct, for undisclosed reasons. "Allred sandbagged her client to serve her personal pecuniary interests, her penchant for public fame, and to protect the malfeasance of her media allies," the suit notes, adding she "needs to spend less time in front of a TV camera, and more time in an ethics library." A statement from Allred's law firm calls Hunter's claims "worthless" and notes he "has been threatening to sue our law firm for approximately one year in an attempt to get our law firm to pay him money which he is not entitled to." (More Gloria Allred stories.)

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