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Lawsuit Filed by Katz & Moon Against Actress Robyn Cohen Allowed to Continue
On Thursday, a judge ruled that Katz & Yoon can pursue a lawsuit filed against actress Robyn Cohen for $760,000 in unpaid legal fees, according to mynewsla.com.

Cohen was represented by attorneys from the firm when she sued former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for a fire in her apartment in a building he owned.

The ruling was issued by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard Fruin when he said he disagreed with arguments by Cohen’s attorneys that Katz & Yoon did not provide enough details in its lawsuit for the case to continue.

Fruin did accept another dismissal motion from attorneys who represent Cohen. The dismissal motion asks that the lawsuit be thrown out of court and that Katz & Yoon be fined $12,000 for filing a frivolous lawsuit only to harass the actress.



Fruin said he might stay the case if he denies the second dismissal motion pending the outcome of an appeal filed by Cohen with another judge.

Cohen was represented by Katz & Yoon from June 2012 to January 2013. Brian Henri, a former member of the law firm, is currently defending Cohen. Henri represented Cohen with Melissa Yoon during the Sterling trial.

Katz & Yoon is requesting that Henri be disqualified from representing Cohen in another motion in front of Judge Fruin. The lawyers for the firm claim that Henri could use confidential information against the firm in order to defend Cohen. They also claim that Henri could be a key witness.

The law firm claims that Henri’s job was to acquire the signature of Cohen on a contingency fee agreement. The lawsuit states that Henri said he did not get the signature on the agreement following the verdict in December of 2012.

The lawsuit states that one month later, Henry “disavowed any contingency fee arrangement with the firm and denied that Cohen had any obligation to pay a contingent or any other fee to the firm. Cohen then went silent, refusing to reply to any inquiries from the firm’s other partners as to the status of her written fee agreement.”

The lawsuit states that the lawyers at the firm spent more than 1,600 hours working on the case against Sterling for Cohen.

Henri runs his own firm in Sunnyvale known as Henri Law Group.

In the case for Cohen against Sterling, a jury found the former Clippers owner liable for breach of warranty of habitability, breach of contract and infliction of emotional distress. Cohen was awarded $2.3 million in compensatory damages.

Sterling and his employees from the West Hollywood property were also found guilty of acting with malice towards Cohen. This led to punitive damages of $15 million being awarded.

12-07-2014

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