The Latest: Michael Avenatti’s former firm getting evicted

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on court fights involving porn star Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti (all times local):

3:10 p.m.

The former law firm of porn star Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti is being evicted from its office space in Southern California.

An Orange County Superior Court judge ruled against the Eagan Avenatti law firm Monday. It’s the same day Avenatti was ordered to pay $4.85 million to a former colleague in a separate lawsuit over back pay.

Judge Robert Moss’ order against the law firm terminates its lease and requires it to pay $154,000 in four months of back rent and storage space in Newport Beach.

Messages left for the landlord’s attorney, Mark Kompa, were not immediately returned.

No one appeared in court on behalf of Eagan Avenatti.


10: 20 a.m.

A California judge has ordered Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti to pay $4.85 million to an attorney at his former law firm.

The ruling was issued Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Avenatti didn’t attending the court proceeding.

The judge said Avenatti must pay the money because he personally guaranteed a settlement with Jason Frank in a lawsuit over back pay.

Frank alleged the firm misstated its profits and that he was owed millions.

Avenatti, who is toying with a possible 2020 presidential run, told The Associated Press that Frank owes him and the firm $12 million “for his fraud.” He didn’t provide details.

Monday’s decision follows an earlier court ruling from a U.S. bankruptcy court judge who ordered Avenatti’s former firm to pay $10 million to Frank.

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