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Birkhead/Opri Settle Epic Billing Battle

10/28/2009 8:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Larry Birkhead has settled his $620,492.84 billing dispute with attorney Debra Opri.


You'll recall -- how can you forget -- that Opri billed Birkhead for repping him in his battle with Anna Nicole Smith back in 2007. Birkhead fired Opri, then got a Fed Ex present -- a bill that included $2,467.75 for a dinner that Birkhead didn't even attend. And there was $600 for 4 trays of lobster from Seafood World.

Birkhead sued Opri and she countersued him. TMZ has obtained legal docs which show the case has been dismissed with prejudice -- i.e., it settled.

The settlement is for an undisclosed amount.

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Your Name    

20. Breaking News: Howard Stern is "Only Swims In Excrement" or it is that ugly attorney Krista Barf that would probably date Manson to get her ugly face on TV. Not even her Daddy's money made a dent in that ugly puss! Howard is in his parents house all hunched over the computer in his sociopath fantasy world of innocence, or on the patio chain smoking like the hunchback of Notre Dame without the law licence. Maybe Krista Barf will have your baby or you can claim it as yours to buy shoes! It's better than lethal injection... or is that what you and your friends strive for in Hollywood?

Posted at 10:00PM on Oct 28th 2009 by Howards Bitch

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OMG! I am lmao!

1693 days ago
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who dat    

Opri is an ambulance chaser.

1730 days ago
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Only swim in the Ocean    

Nasty Opri claimed she would never settle; she would air all the dirty laundry and ruin LB. What a fine example to lawyers everywhere.

1730 days ago
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UGGGGHHH    

I hope he pd her pennies...... that is all she is worth to represent people.

1730 days ago
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Only swim in the Ocean    

Opri got off easy. That was far more than a 'Billing' dispute.

LB had sued Opri for fraud (she represented herself as an expert in family law), malpractice (bad legal actions taken - multiple filings in the wrong courts in the wrong country) and conversion (snatching his Bravo networks big paycheck).

Opri claimed she was hired by LB primarily to trash talk ANS and HKS and arrange big photo-ops and that she was entitled to a cut of the LB/DL action until DL was eighteen. The Trial and Appeals Courts both declared no such 'media-whoring' contract was in effect and had ordered her to trial on LB's substantive allegations.

1730 days ago
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Mary    

He's a pig of a client... Some may have perceived her as a pitbull but without her assistance he would never have accomplished the DNA due to Mr. Stern and his lawyers' ferocious attempt to get her body buried without it so Stern could continue his pretense of being the baby daddy when in all probability Anna-Nicole would never have let the creep touch her with a 10-foot pole. Debra Opri deserves the entire amount charged! Did Birkhead lie in Florida or did he just recently lie on the witness stand in California?

1730 days ago
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Jill    

I have a bridge to sell to the poster named "Finally". How much did you get paid for posting this?

5. He's a pig of a client... Some may have perceived her as a pitbull but without her assistance he would never have accomplished the DNA due to Mr. Stern and his lawyers' ferocious attempt to get her body buried without it so Stern could continue his pretense of being the baby daddy when in all probability Anna-Nicole would never have let the creep touch her with a 10-foot pole. Debra Opri deserves the entire amount charged!

...blah blah blah go cash your check now.

1730 days ago
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Byron    

Good for Larry! Finally paid his bill! BTW... Howard tried to have have the California Bar investigate Opri and they found no grounds. Now Howard will lose his attorney license and go to prison. While Howard is eating SOS in jail, Opri will be eating Lobster! Good always prevails over EVIL!

1730 days ago
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Your Name    

Larry is a pig of a client. Pigs need good lawyers. Opri cleaned LB up good and he got what he wanted, to be the golden boy in the media. Now he is a skag. Dresses like a skag. Talks like a skag. Amy Winehouse can tell a few tails, eh larry...videos are a bitch, eh?
Hey, larry. Why do you live off of your daughter? STOP effing with her hair! It's falling out! creep.

1730 days ago
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Only marry foreign women    

I thought women were paid less than men? Sounds like this woman is making some serious coin.

1730 days ago
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Only swim in the Ocean    

Just for historical perspective

LB fired nasty Opri and THEN started a custody hearing in The Bahamas. LB quickly got an order from that Court for DNA testing of himself and DL and when the results were known, HKS dropped his custody claims and the rest is history.

Nothing good for LB happened until he fired Opri. Before then Opri was one of a group of people who deliberately and maliciously harassed ANS at her greatest time of need; inflicting unknown pain and grief on top of what ANS was already feeling when her son Daniel died a tragic and accidental death.

The only successful 'image' LB ever had was when he got rid of Opri and spoke for himself.

1730 days ago
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Skank    

She should pay HIM for all of the publicity SHE got! She's an ass and he's SOOOOO HOT! I'd love to his baby's mama!!!!

1730 days ago
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Howard Supporter    

TAMPERING WITH A WITNESS - Title 18, U.S.C., Sec. 1512, makes it a Federal crime or offense for anyone to use intimidation or physical force to threaten another person with intent to influence the testimony of a witness in any Court proceeding.

A person can be found guilty of that offense only if all of the following facts are proved beyond a reasonable doubt: First: That the witness was scheduled to be a witness in court; Second: That the person used intimidation/physical force against such witness; and Third: That the person did so knowingly and willfully with the intent to influence the testimony of the witness.

To act with intent to "influence" the testimony of a witness means to act for the purpose of getting the witness to change or color or shade his or her testimony in some way; but it is not necessary to prove that the witness' testimony was, in fact, changed in any way.

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http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/florida-inmate-facing-imminent-execution-despite-evidence-witness-tampering-prosecution

"Justice Harry Anstead dissented from the court's ruling, noting that jailhouse informants are often unreliable, and in this case the informant was apparently prompted to lie. He wrote, "Indeed, if the claim is true, we have a state prosecutor who committed a criminal act in tampering with a witness. Surely, common sense would tell us this is the kind of 'bombshell' disclosure that could change the jury's entire evaluation of the case." Tompkins' attorney Martin McClain cited numerous concerns about the state's case. "This is one of the most troubling cases that I have," he said. "The evidence against Mr. Tompkins is just absurd." Tompkins' stay of execution expires on Nov. 18."

1730 days ago
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Howard Supporter    

Sorry--wrong thread. :-)

1730 days ago
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Octowelfaremom    

finally. This is such important news. I haven't been able to sleep not knowing what the outcome was going to be. Now I can sleep. Larry Birkhead is such a huge A-list celebrity who has worked very hard for his millions...

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