Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Bigger They Are...

Here is a breaking legal story about a prominent California attorney who is apparently under investigation by the California State Bar and the Washington DC Bar.  From August 7th, 2017:

Prominent Feminist Lawyer Gloria Allred Under Two Investigations for Alleged Malpractice

Prominent women's rights and sex discrimination lawyer Gloria Allred is under two bar investigations for legal malpractice connected to her representation of a male weatherman.
Local Washington, D.C. weatherman Kyle Hunter sued CBS in 2010, alleging that he was passed over for promotions in favor of young, attractive women. Hunter hired Allred to represent him in his suit charging discrimination against the network.
But unbeknownst to Hunter, Allred was also in talks with CBS about producing a legal drama based on her life. Hunter claims this was a major conflict of interest and that Allred intentionally botched his case to prevent the deal from falling through.
Now LawNewz reports that the D.C. Bar has also opened an investigation into Allred's conduct during Hunter's case. 

Gloria Allred Under Investigation by California, D.C. Bars

Civil rights attorney Gloria Allred is under investigation by two attorney licensing agencies, Allred said on Monday.

Allred confirmed in a statement that she is being investigated by both the District of Columbia Bar and the California State Bar based on the same complaint by her former client, Los Angeles weather reporter Kyle Hunter.

Celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred is under TWO bar investigations in DC and California for misconduct involving her handling of TV weatherman's discrimination case
  • Gloria Allred is being investigated in DC for misconduct, it was revealed Monday
  • The celebrity lawyer, 76, is accused of mishandling Kyle Hunter's case in 2012
  • The weatherman sued CBS for being passed up for young, pretty women
  • Hunter filed suit against Allred in June, claiming she had a conflict of interest 
  • Allred is also being investigated for misconduct in California over the same case 
The State Bar of California started an investigation of the high profile attorney for the handling of Hunter's case in March.
Now the 76-year-old is facing her second investigation in Washington DC, for the alleged misconduct of the same case, it was revealed on Monday.
In rebuttal, Allred responded: 'Anyone may file a complaint against any lawyer in any state or jurisdiction in which a lawyer is licensed. 'This complaint which Mr. Hunter filed with the Washington, D.C. bar some time ago is the same complaint that he filed with the California Bar.'
As well as mishandling the case, the lawsuit says, Allred also breached ethical obligations by negotiating a deal with CBS for a TV show based on her life.
'Allred has spent her career more focused on winning press conferences than winning cases,' the suit says.
'In this case, Allred sandbagged her client to serve her personal pecuniary interests, her penchant for public fame, and to protect the malfeasance of her media allies.

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