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Michael Avenatti is fined millions and evicted from law firm offices

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  • Michael Avenatti was fined $4.85 million on Monday for
    failing to pay a former colleague at his California law firm.
  • Avenatti, the attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, didn’t
    fight back in court against the charges. 
  • This comes on the same day that Avenatti’s firm was evicted
    from its Orange County offices for falling four months behind on
    rent.

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, was
fined $4.85 million on Monday for failing to pay a former
colleague at his California law firm on the same day that his
firm was evicted from its Orange County offices in a separate
trial.

A Los Angeles court ruled that the firm, Eagan Avenatti, owes
Jason Frank and others, including the Internal Revenue Service,
millions of dollars. Frank, Avenatti’s former colleague, also won
a $10 million judgment against the firm in a bankruptcy court
case in May. 

Avenatti told
The Los Angeles Times
on Monday that he no longer
owns Eagan Avenatti, even though he recently told
a bankruptcy court judge that his other firm, Avenatti &
Associates, had taken on full equity of Eagan Avenatti. He
also told reporters on Monday that Frank instead owed him
millions for “fraud” he committed. Avenatti hasn’t pursued any
legal case against Frank’s alleged wrongdoing. 

“Any judgment issued against me will be deducted from the over
$12 million that Jason Frank owes me and my law firm Avenatti
& Associates as a result of his fraud,” Avenatti told The
Times. 

Avenatti didn’t appear in court or file any opposing briefs in
the case. 

In the trail involving his firm’s office space, the building
owner held that Avenatti did not pay $213,254 in rent over
the last four months for its suite in an office building at
Fashion Island in Newport Beach. 

Avenatti says that he deducted the cost of repairs to the
office from his rent, even though his contract stipulates that
tenants are not allowed to reduce their rent by making
unapproved repairs. Avenatti’s landlord told The Times that the
firm paid its $52,235 July rent, but that the check
bounced. 

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