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Birkhead-Opri Battle Bite

7/23/2007 2:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Larry Birkhead continues to sink his teeth into his former lawyer, Debra Opri, and Dannielynn is also getting in on the act. Larry told TMZ that Dannielynn now has six baby teeth and is using Larry as a teething ring.


Opri was also chewed up by a not-so-flattering feature piece in the L.A. Times this weekend. The article covered Opri's rise to celebulawyer, her relationship with Birkhead, and some of the outrageous line-items on Birkhead's bill which included $1,500 a month for Debra's publicist, $119 per e-mail and $96,000 in cellphone calls.

Birkhead is suing Opri for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and legal malpractice. Birkhead alleges that Opri offered to take his case free of charge, while Opri countered, "I don't work for free. I just don't. I can't afford it."

Two weeks ago, Birkhead won a key battle against Opri when Judge Charles C. Lee granted his request for a preliminary injunction, which requires that Opri return $591,250 of Birkhead's money, which is being kept in a blocked account that can only be touched by court order.

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31.

Liz    

I think these two men made plans months ago & are now reaping the rewards. They were friends & pretended to be enemies until the ball was in their court. I'm sure they are sitting around laughing as to how they will get to continue not working but living off the baby. A baby is much easier to control than an adult woman & her adult son.

2619 days ago
32.

Only swim in the Ocean    

Ever since LB fired Opri, he has spoken in a non-confrontational and polite manner as he eased through Paternity and temporary custody hearings in The Bahamas and ANS's Will Probate in CA.

Gone is the 'Opri using LB as a prop' during her nasty Press conferences and TV appearances and we found out from LB that HKS is not the evil person we were led to believe.

LB's actions have already resulted in an absence of predatory, media-whoring civil Attorneys on TV shows.

LB's actions against Opri may have wide-ranging benefit to all of us as we follow high-profile cases in the future. LB is a good man.

2619 days ago
33.

Happy To Be Me    

Anna's mother is a fruitcake and so is post #33

2619 days ago
34.

blah blah blah    

ANNA

you
are
one
sick
puppy

2619 days ago
35.

Go with the Flow!    

ALL I KNOW IS THAT DEBRA OPRI IN ON UGLY BITCH WHO HAS NO MORALS AND
HUMANITY. SHE MIGHT HAVE TAKEN THAT CASE TO MAKE A NAME FOR HERSELF.
SHE DOES NEED TO GET PAID BUT NOT THE ANOUNT SHE IS CLAIMING. LARRY DID
NOT ASK HER TO HIRE A PUBLICIST AND PAYING SO MUCH IN CELL PHONE BILLS
IS VERY RIDICULOUS.
DEBRA JUST WANTED TO HEAR LARRY'S VOICE SO SHE KEPT CALLING HIM JUST
FOR THE HELL OF IT. SURPRISED THAT SHE DID NOT CHARGE HIM FOR TAKING
TAKING DUMPS IN BAHAMAS. THAT IS HOW DUMB HER BILLS ARE.

CROSS DRESSING BITCH.

2619 days ago
36.

Time WILL Tell    


Larry is a liar and a thief, HK$ hasn't taught him much he didn't already know. He sues people for a living.

HE AND ANNA BROKE UP OVER A PAIR OF SUNGLASSES,,,,,,,,,BUT HE BOUGHT HIMSELF A BRAND NEW PAIR!

2619 days ago
37.

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

16. Guess I won't complain about my kid's cell phone charges any more. She never hit $96,000.00!

LOL




Posted at 3:06PM on Jul 23rd 2007 by just the facts please

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What, you think attorneys talk to you for free? Fifteen minutes at $475 an hr would be $118.75 not including the cost of the call. Calls were flying back and forth to the Bahamas from almost day one as there was a Bahamian attorney on the case for the Bahamas part of the action. After reading and understanding the laws involved, it was a sound strategic move to be in both LA and the Bahamas. Opri claim that Florida was Larry's idea and I believe her. Lawyers all keep tabs on their time, don't kid yourself. This only bolsters Opri's claim that Larry kept calling her about the case. Besides, the time is all laid out in her bill.

For those who seem to think Opri was in the WRONG jurisdiction, well, apparently the Bahamian attorney did not originally think so as there are many phone calls between him and Opri from the very beginning (October 2006). He was hired by Larry based on Opri's recommendation and if the Bahamian counsel felt that Opri was wasting Birkhead's time in LA, he should have told Birkhead he didn't need her.

2619 days ago
38.

Apple    

Posted at 4:12PM on Jul 23rd 2007 by Only swim in the Ocean


We better be real careful or else LegalBird might pretend "sue" us after she attends one of their pretend tea parties.

She doesn't like you Swims (doubt if she likes me either)........

LOL


2619 days ago
39.

Liz    

Happy to be me
I think you're jealous because you have no nuts. Based on your comments, I'd rather be anything than a loser like you. Using a name like "happy to be me" tells me you're trying to convince yourself that you're happy.

2619 days ago
40.

anonymous    

SUE THAT LAWYER BITCH FOR MALPRACTICE AND FRAUD

2619 days ago
41.

Time WILL Tell    



Larry go away, we do not support you anymore. You were respected by us ONCE, but not any more. We don't like liars, back stabbers and thieves. You with your own mouth and actions turned us against you, we do not like you anymore. Not gonna change our minds either.

WE LOVE DANNIELYNN------CAN'T STAND YOU !!!

2619 days ago
42.

Allred Tree    

Debra should have Byron investigated. He could be with Howard squatting in Horizons.

2619 days ago
43.

Only swim in the Ocean    

...
She doesn't like you Swims (doubt if she likes me either)........

LOL

Posted at 4:25PM on Jul 23rd 2007 by just the facts please
*****
LOL

It's just a matter of time before this thread turns into HKS bashing and Virgie/O'Quinn praising. :-)

2619 days ago
44.

Tracy    

39. ALL I KNOW IS THAT DEBRA OPRI IN ON UGLY BITCH WHO HAS NO MORALS AND
HUMANITY. SHE MIGHT HAVE TAKEN THAT CASE TO MAKE A NAME FOR HERSELF.
SHE DOES NEED TO GET PAID BUT NOT THE ANOUNT SHE IS CLAIMING. LARRY DID
NOT ASK HER TO HIRE A PUBLICIST AND PAYING SO MUCH IN CELL PHONE BILLS
IS VERY RIDICULOUS.
DEBRA JUST WANTED TO HEAR LARRY'S VOICE SO SHE KEPT CALLING HIM JUST
FOR THE HELL OF IT. SURPRISED THAT SHE DID NOT CHARGE HIM FOR TAKING
TAKING DUMPS IN BAHAMAS. THAT IS HOW DUMB HER BILLS ARE.

CROSS DRESSING BITCH.

Posted at 4:18PM on Jul 23rd 2007 by DISGUSTED007

One of the things she billed for was a $500.00 box of cigars. I think the judge hearing the case is going to run her ass thru the ringer. I also think she is scared because she is actually looking at being disbarred. I hope it shows a lot of other attorneys, that this is not how you conduct yourself as an attorney. In their court filings she did not have a paper signed by Larry to even be able to take those funds. The judge found that to be true and asked her why and she said because she didn't have a printer available. Lame. Larry wants interest back on that money and he will get it.

2619 days ago
45.

LRT    

WHY!!!! can't people just do the right thing and have moral's and some pride???
If she helped him in the beginning when he didn't have a dime to stay and fly all over then he owes her that.
She needs to be fair with her bill.

End of story!

2619 days ago
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