Judith Regan Sued By Her Lawyers
Judith Regan settled her lawsuit against News Corp. in January, but there's a new legal battle on her horizon. Regan is being sued by her former lawyers, Dreier LLP and Redniss & Associates, who claim she fired them before the settlement, cutting them out of their share and skipping out on her legal fees.
The lawyers represented Regan in a lawsuit related to her dismissal in 2006 from News Corp and its HarperCollins Publishers. Regan was fired after her plans to publish a controversial book by O.J. Simpson were scrapped.
Regan had accused her employers of defamation and breach of contract. The lawsuit was settled confidentially out of court in January with neither party admitting any liability.
Now, Dreier LLP and Redniss and Associates LLC are accusing Regan of not paying $42,560 in fees.
Regan was not available for comment.
The lawsuit, filed in New York State Court, also accuses Regan of breaking the terms of their agreement, which the lawyers say promised them 25 percent of any gross recovery "through judgment or out-of-court settlement" of the lawsuit.
The law firms are also suing Bertram Fields, the lawyer Regan hired to settle the lawsuit.
The lawsuit, which was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount, centered around alleged anti-Semitic remarks made by Regan that prompted her dismissal. In the settlement, News Corp. said, "After carefully considering the matter, we accept Ms. Regan's position that she did not say anything that was anti-Semitic in nature, and further believe that Ms. Regan is not anti-Semitic." Regan also claimed that News Corp. asked her to lie to federal investigators to protect Rudy Giuliani's presidential big (Regan had an affair with Giuliani's police commissioner, Bernard Kerik).