Gloria Allred looks like she could be in huge trouble between a lawsuit by a former client and an investigation by the California Bar Association. Allred was handling a discrimination case for Kyle Hunter, a local television weatherman, hired Allred to go after CBS because he was passed up in favor of less knowledgeable , young, attractive weather girls. Allred never told Hunter that she was in the process of selling CBS a show based on her career.
She had also told Hunter that she had talked to all of his witnesses, which he knew was a lie because the witnesses had already told them she had failed to talk to them, didn’t do depositions nor called them to court. She and her law firm both denied that anything was mishandled and that Hunter was only trying to extort money out of them. The Ca Bar Association disagrees.
The way it works when a complaint has been filed is the bar association looks into the case and if there is no evidence, they drop the case. If they do find evidence the bar association hands the case off to the State Bar’s Enforcement Unit for further investigation and possible prosecution.
They have already done so meaning they see flames among all of the smoke. You would have to be an idiot not to see the conflict of interest in Allred taking the case against a broadcast station she was looking to make a lot of money from.
Hunter contends that Allred, and other attorneys at her firm including Michael Maroko and John West failed to interview witnesses, and provide affidavits in his suit, which would have greatly bolstered his case. As a result, he contends, a trial court found in favor of CBS, and ordered Hunter to pay attorney’s fees and costs which amounted to $800,000. The lawsuit claims that Allred told Hunter that he had contacted witnesses “but Hunter knew that was a lie. These witnesses were Hunter’s friends, people he had worked with for years, and they told him they were not contacted.”
“Allred sandbagged her client to serve her personal pecuniary interests, her penchant for public fame, and to protect the malfeasance of her media allies. Allred needs to spend less time in front of a TV camera, and more time in an ethics library,” the court paperwork reads. The lawsuit was filed by Robert Barnes, a California based attorney, who also contributes legal opinion pieces to LawNewz.com.
As a result of Allred losing Hunter’s case, he was forced to pay $800,000 in court costs and CBS’ legal fees.