Johnny Depp will have to wait a couple more months to get resolution in the $30 million legal battle with his former lawyers after a judge pushed back the court trial several months to allow the actor to turn over more financial information.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a Los Angeles judge recently ordered the trial between Depp and the firm Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman will be moved from May 6 to September 16.
The judge said the reason for the delay was because the parties were still fighting over documents being turned over and depositions needed to be completed. The judge said the parties could have moved quicker and have engaged in a “great deal of finger-pointing concerning whose fault it is” the case has dragged on.
The judge also ruled on a series of issues the firm raised over documents and information they claimed Johnny Depp was not turning over or answering fully.
The judge came back and partially sided with the firm and also agreed with Depp on some issues. He did order Depp to give more detailed answers to certain questions asked of him but did deny some of the firms demands.
The judge noted, “This case requires the parties to unwind the tangled affairs of Plaintiff Depp, his various entities, and his lawyers, going back several years. Plaintiff’s inclination to incorporate by reference and tell Defendant Firm to, in essence, 'figure it out,' is understandable. However, the very number of parties and issues present in this case calls for a more meticulous approach. Although shorthand references are easier, they are by necessity less clear.”
Johnny Depp's lawyer, Adam Waldman, tells The Blast, "Bloom is accused among other things of a failure to supervise the fraudulent activity of the Mandel Brothers/TMG, Mr. Depp’s former business managers who are under multiple federal criminal investigations and whose offices were raided by the FBI in June 2017. Judge Green agreed to move their trial from May to September, and ruled that Bloom is entitled to Mandel’s sealed documents."
He continues, "Part of Bloom’s defense is that he did a good job on Mr. Depp’s divorce. But the facts are these: some of Mr. Depp’s legal dream team of five Hollywood lawyers reviewed the entire surveillance video library taken of Ms. Heard, her friends, Elon Musk and others captured by 24 surveillance cameras in the Eastern Columbia Building and the 87 surveillance videos that these lawyers set aside. Then Mr. Depp’s lawyers took sworn declarations from multiple eyewitnesses. Some on Mr. Depp’s legal team secretly represented Elon Musk. Some of Mr. Depp’s legal team then hid for nearly three years this exculpatory evidence from Mr. Depp that disproved the malicious hoax perpetrated against him by Amber Heard."
Back in 2017, the actor sued his former lawyers at the firm, Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman, for $30 million accusing them of conspiring with his former business managers to screw him out of millions.
Depp blames his lawyers for allegedly failing to alert him to his manager’s actions, despite knowing what was going on.
The firm, BHDRLFS&G, fired back at Depp denying all allegations of wrongdoing and said they didn’t conspire against their client.
They hit Depp with a counter-suit accusing him of causing his own damages due to his own misconduct and negligence over the years. BHDRLFS&G claimed the actor had not paid them for months, despite them continuing to do work for him. The firm sued for the unpaid balance for the work done plus interest and sought to have his lawsuit against them thrown out.
Johnny Depp fired back at the counter-suit denying the law firm’s claims that he owed them money. He revealed he had worked with them since 1999 but claimed they never had a written contract.
Depp claimed to have paid them tens of millions over the years. He claimed the firm is barred from trying to collect on unpaid dues because they never signed an official retainer. He even describes their deal as “illegal” and any money they believe to be owed was caused by other parties out of Depp’s control.
The case is ongoing.