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Birkhead Wins Legal Skirmish with Opri

9/6/2007 5:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Larry Birkhead and Debra Opri will go before a jury in their bitter fee dispute.

TMZ has obtained a ruling from a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge, in which Opri's argument that the dispute be heard privately by an arbitrator was shut down.

Opri was banking on the judge accepting a provision in her fee agreement, which called for arbitration. But the judge noted that "Birkhead's declaration contains great detail about the facts surrounding his introduction to Opri. ... He states that he was introduced to Opri through a reporter with MSNBC [Rita Cosby], and Opri told him that he would not be charged any fees 'because the publicity from her representation of me would greatly benefit her legal career.'"

The judge was not impressed that Opri never dealt with Birkhead's allegations of fraud, duress and waylaying hundreds of thousands of dollars he earned. The judge said, "where a party provides weaker evidence when it could have provided stronger evidence, the (judge) may distrust the weaker evidence." In other words, Opri should have addressed Birkhead's allegations rather than just saying he signed an agreement.

Birkhead's lawyer Michael Trope said, "I'm happy with the result." See ya in court!

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Get a Clue    

This may not be the only case Birkgiveshead wins.

2583 days ago
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Boycot all Jesses Business    

It is so great that Rita Cosby is getting the rael story out. Go Rita!

2583 days ago
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Johnno in Cleveland    

Go Larry! This woman was out for herself from day one!

2583 days ago
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Snarksnarksnark    

Debra Opri and Gloria Allred should form a partnership.

2583 days ago
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Whack A Mole (finger) (formerly Mad Hatter)    

You look like such a leech Larry.... sigh

2583 days ago
6.

JayBee    

bad lawyers write bad motions...she is a dope

2583 days ago
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James    

Good for Larry. Let Justice prevail. He'll win against Cosby as well. The truth with come out.

2583 days ago
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Boycot all Jesses Business    

Rita's book is a great read and it is selling like hotcakes thanks to Larry and Howard. They are so worried they can not shut up, lol.

2583 days ago
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Tracy    

Good for Larry. let the world see what an unethical disgusting attorney she is. I hope this will ruin her practice and she loses her license in the end. Then next can be Rita the he/she writer of lies and porn.

2583 days ago
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just wondering    

....GO LARRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....that Opri is a real snake like alot of lawyers anyways!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...nice to see the possibility of her getting what she deserves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! N O T H I N G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...hope she has a good lawyer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahaha

2583 days ago
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You People Sicken Me !    

DAMN, I hate that little girl { LARRY }

2583 days ago
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JV    

Even other lawyers (on Nancy Grace ect.) have said they thought Opri's conduct and billing practices were questionable.

I do think Larry will have to pay her something, though. Maybe enough to cover her husband's dry cleaning bills...

2583 days ago
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Bahama Mama    

Opri will win this one in front of a jury... Larry has already lost in the court of Public opinion!

Larry always claims victory! there is no victory here.... He gets to go to court and say he never signed anything... once again he does not stand by his contracts!

2583 days ago
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You People Sicken Me !    

11. Good for Larry. let the world see what an unethical disgusting attorney she is. I hope this will ruin her practice and she loses her license in the end. Then next can be Rita the he/she writer of lies and porn.

Posted at 4:17PM on Sep 6th 2007 by Opri is going down.

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2583 days ago
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Jess    

Rita Cosby has put herself deep into Birkhead's life. She got Opri the job, now a book to cash in on all the dirty little secrets. Birkhead's bi lifestyle probably turned Anna Nicoles away from him.

2583 days ago
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