Judge orders law firm of Stormy Daniels’ lawyer to pay $10M
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a firm linked to Stormy Daniels’ attorney to pay $10 million to a lawyer who claimed he was owed millions and that the firm misstated its profits.
The Los Angeles Times reports Tuesday’s judgment comes after Jason Frank, who used to work at Eagan Avenatti, alleged the law firm failed to pay the $4.85 million settlement he had reached last year. Frank said in court papers the settlement was personally guaranteed by Michael Avenatti.
Avenatti tweeted it was “nonsense” and said the firm is separate from one representing Daniels.
The Times reported a Justice Department lawyer said Avenatti’s firm also owes back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.
A spokesman for the US attorney’s office in Los Angeles didn’t immediately respond to a comment request.
This story has been corrected to add Michael Avenatti’s first name.