New law­suit ac­cuses Ave­natti of stiff­ing lawyer on $2M debt

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - NATION & WORLD -

LOS ANGELES — Michael Ave­natti, the at­tor­ney for porn ac­tress Stormy Daniels, broke his prom­ise to make a $2 mil­lion pay­ment that was due Mon­day un­der the set­tle­ment of his firm’s bank­ruptcy, a new law­suit al­leges.

Ave­natti agreed in De­cem­ber to pay $4.85 mil­lion to Ja­son Frank, a for­mer lawyer at Ave­natti’s New­port Beach law firm, but missed the first in­stall­ment of $2 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to a suit filed Wed­nes­day in state Su­pe­rior Court in Los Angeles.

A doc­u­ment filed with the com­plaint re­veals that an ar­bi­tra­tion panel found in Feb­ru­ary 2017 that the firm, Ea­gan Ave­natti, “acted with mal­ice, op­pres­sion and fraud” by hid­ing its rev­enue num­bers and fail­ing to give copies of its tax re­turns to Frank, as the panel had or­dered.

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