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Monday, June 4, 2007

Anna Nicole Smith Case Triggers Collateral Lawsuits

OpriAs reported earlier on this blog, DNA evidence proved that Larry Birkhead is the father of Anna Nicole Smith's daughter, Dannielynn.

Now, Larry Birkhead is suing his attorney, Debra Opri.  According to AP, Birkhead sues attorney in Anna Nicole Smith baby fight, CNN.com, June 3, 2007, he

claims that Debra Opri offered to represent him for free during a paternity dispute involving the baby because the publicity would benefit her career. * * *  Birkhead's lawsuit accuses Opri of depositing at least $865,000 owed to him for an unnamed project into an attorney client trust account against his wishes. After Opri refused to turn over the money, Birkhead fired her * * *

Birkhead filed his lawsuit a few days after Opri sued him for not paying for her legal services.


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Looks like Professor Cooper was correct. "One fears, at worst, that this child may be being used as leverage to support the ongoing claims of Smith’s lawyers and a number of hangers-on who seek to get rich quick." All of these high powered lawyers are ending up fighting among themselves without regard to the merits of the case -- doing whatever they can to get a piece of that estate. Isn't it ironic that they're gonna lose? NG

Posted by: Nathan George | Jun 5, 2007 5:36:48 AM

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