Bill Cosby has reached a deal to settle the legal battle with his former lawyers, who the disgraced comedian accused of fraud.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, per the deal, Cosby and the law firm will dismiss all claims and the entire case will be closed. The Philly law firm, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, worked for him on numerous cases and claimed he owed them $282,000.
Cosby hired the firm in March 2016, and they worked on both civil and criminal cases relating to the numerous sexual assault allegations against him.
The firm claimed Cosby paid them for some work but then refused to pay for further work they did on his cases. The lawyers said his team kept promising the invoices would be paid and they stayed on until April 2018, despite the outstanding balances.
They sued demanding the $282k plus interest.
Cosby denied he screwed over the law firm and accused them of sending inflating invoices for their work.
He explained neither him nor his lead criminal attorney, Thomas Mesereau, “or any other authorized representative directed or requested that Plaintiff perform legal work totaling $183,000.00 over the short period of two months. Indeed, and by Plaintiff’s own admission, Plaintiff served as Cosby’s counsel of record and Attorney Mesereau served as lead criminal defense counsel. Consequently, the overwhelming majority of the legal work was performed by Mr. Mesereau and his team.”
Cosby said “any alleged legal work performed was unnecessary, duplicative of work performed by lead counsel, inflated and therefore unauthorized and inappropriate. Proof to the contrary is specifically demanded.”
He denied they were owed a dime and demanded the entire lawsuit be thrown out.
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