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Opri to Birkhead: Pay Up!

5/29/2007 8:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Opri and BirkheadUPDATE: In an exclusive statement to TMZ, Larry Birkhead says:

Despite their filings, both Ms. Opri and her attorney received notification making them aware that I would be out of the state of California taking care of my daughter until the conclusion of an upcoming June custody hearing in the Bahamas.

Although at this time, the public is not aware of the unbelievable circumstances which led to me firing Ms. Opri, the only question at the end of the day is, how much money will Debra Opri be paying me? Thanks to the efforts of my Bahamas attorney, Emerick Knowles, I am fortunate enough now to be spending time with my daughter, Dannielynn.


TMZ has obtained a court document filed by Debra Opri in which she claims that Dannielynn's daddy has refused to pay for legal services.

In the petition to the court, filed today in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Opri claims Larry Birkhead "has refused and continues to refuse to pay [her] for any of her services." She now wants a judge to step in and force Larry to engage in binding arbitration.

In the document, Opri claims she "spent hundreds of hours working on Mr. Birkhead's case," which the documents say were at a cost of $475 an hour.

As TMZ first reported, Birkhead and Opri parted ways when their relationship went south. Opri then presented Birkhead with the mother of all legal bills -- totaling nearly $650,000 -- charging him for travel expenses including steak dinners, lobster take-out and laundry service for Opri's husband. Opri told TMZ that the bill was "fair and reasonable."


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janice    

Larry, you should pay her something. She went to bat for you. She got your name some fame! You have your daughter. Stern did not give her to you. He quit fighting cause he could not fight. ARBITRATE your bill. Quit listening to Stern. What happened to your sweet family??

2512 days ago
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snow angels    

This is definitely a HOLLYWEIRD script. But, who's the author of the script? Two people are dead here. Two SUSPICIOUS deaths at that. All the talk is about money.

WHAT REALLY DID HAPPEN TO DANIEL SMITH & VICKIE LYNN MARSHALL?????

AND, WHAT ABOUT THE LIVING? DANNIELYNN.

This whole SAGA STINKS!

2512 days ago
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UNBELIEVABLE    

658. Larry, you should pay her something. She went to bat for you. She got your name some fame! You have your daughter. Stern did not give her to you. He quit fighting cause he could not fight. ARBITRATE your bill. Quit listening to Stern. What happened to your sweet family??

Posted at 3:46AM on Jun 2nd 2007 by Peggy

He did state he was willing to pay her for the real charges. But the charges that are out of line. And he should not have to pay till the bill amount is settled. Why do you pay bills you do not agree with? Also, why should his family have to jump into this. Boy you really want to turn this into a circus.

2512 days ago
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Patty    

Just one question.....WTF is up with Opri's hair in that pic?? Larry, enjoy your daughter! She's gorgeous!

2512 days ago
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Jon's a grwon man...he did this to himself!    

Debra Opri Bills Birkhead King's Ransom
Posted Apr 1st 2007 3:10AM by TMZ Staff
Filed under: Anna Nicole Smith

TMZ has learned Larry Birkhead got a Fed Ex on Saturday, and it was not good news. It was a bill for legal services from Debri Opri, the lawyer he fired two weeks ago. The total: $620,492.84.


Opri wrote, "I'm still willing to accept the discounted billing at this time, but only without further discussion."
_____________________________________________________________________

Ok, in the above bill, TMZ states that Opri wrote the above. It is the word "still" that has me wondering. Has this been the real bone of contention between the two? She had been billing him all along and he refused to pay? She was trying to keep him in a good light while trying to work this out? Did Larry leak the original bill or was this a followup billing? Why didn't TMZ release the whole bill, not just write an article about specific things that really amount to not much of anything and could have probably been arbitrated?

Why would she say "still" if this was the first he had seen the bill? Could be nothing or could mean Larry is not telling the whole story....

2511 days ago
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Shame Shame    

People who ridicule others for their looks have self image issues themselves and that's the way they deal with them. Childish, but true.

2510 days ago
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judy nyc    

Have any of you actually read #105? Did you want Birkhead to hold the baby as "COLLATERAL?" I thought you meant a cauldron or perhaps a cathedral or oh God PLEASE proof read before you opine. #105 you need to get off your computer and get back to (elementary) school!!!!

2509 days ago
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Jon's a grwon man...he did this to himself!    

Here's is a link to some info on the attorney client privilege in California when you make a claim against your attorney. As you can see, it appears Larry opened some large windows into his case by making so many allegations.


http://calbar.ca.gov/state/calbar/calbar_cbj.jsp?sCategoryPath=/Home/Attorney%20Resources/California%20Bar%20Journal/March2004&MONTH=March&YEAR=2004&sCatHtmlTitle=Discipline&sJournalCategory=YES&sCatHtmlPath=cbj/2004-03_Discipline_Ethics-Byte.html&sSubCatHtmlTitle=Ethics%20Byte

2501 days ago
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costaMesaboy    

IS IT..........HALLOWEEN...????............DAMN, THEY ARE BOTH .....UGLY

2516 days ago
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Jolene    

I hope Larry doesn't pay her a penny!!!!

2516 days ago
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Shabby    

mAYBE IF SHE GETS PAID SHE WILL GET SOME PLASTIC SURGERY...

2516 days ago
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Stinkerbell    

I wouldn't pay for her husbands laundry or take -out lobster either. He doesn't owe her for that kind of frivoulous stuff IMO

2516 days ago
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Just Ducky    

The hell with Opri, How's your little bundle of joy doing, Kiss her for all of us....love Ducky

2516 days ago
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Chris    

How is a photographer supposed to pay that ridiculously over-inflated bill? Larry should sue Opri for charging him for everything under the sun. That woman has no compassion, charging lobster dinners and other stuff at his expense. She seems to think that because she's high-priced that she can charge for anything at all. That is stupid and immoral. Fight it, Larry!

2516 days ago
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