OUCH: Michael Avenatti Forced To Pay MILLIONS After New Court Decision

On Monday afternoon, a California judge ruled that Michael Avenatti would have to pay back $4.85 million he owed to another attorney.

As ABC News reports, California Superior Court Judge Dennis Landin ruled in favor of Jason Frank, an attorney who once did legal work for Avenatti, as the two have had a long-running dispute.

According to the report, the judge gave the verdict as Avenatti was across the country, in New Hampshire, participating in voter rallies. Judge Landin reportedly asked during the hearing, “Is there a Mr. Avenatti here?” There was no answer and the judge made him pay big.

“I’m happy with today’s judgment and look forward to collecting the money that’s been owed to me for five years,” Frank said, per the report.

Here’s more, from the report:

Avenatti had agreed, according to a court settlement filed in the bankruptcy case of his law firm Eagan Avenatti, to personally guarantee the payments to Frank if his law firm did not pay up.

Frank filed the suit against Avenatti in state court in May when the firm and Avenatti missed a deadline to pay the first of two installments toward the $4.85 million. Frank amended his lawsuit in July after neither the firm nor Avenatti made the second installment of $2.85 million.

Frank is also pursuing a separate federal court action which seeks to collect on a $10 million-dollar judgment against Avenatti’s law firm. At a hearing in that dispute Monday afternoon in Los Angeles, U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips indicated that she was inclined to assume jurisdiction of the case from the bankruptcy court, though she opted to defer a ruling.

Following the decision between Frank and the Avenatti firm, the court also issued an order to have the firm evicted. Citing court documents, ABC News reports that the Avenatti firm has missed four payments which total more than $200,000. As the money has gone unpaid, the court “canceled the lease and ordered Avenatti’s firm to vacate the space and to pay the landlord the full amount of past-due rent.”

Avenatti, who has been sizing up a potential 2020 presidential run, inferred he would not be paying the money and instead claimed that he and his firm were owed money by Frank.

“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 said, per ABC News.

And:

Frank’s attorney, Eric George, dismissed that allegation from Avenatti, calling it “more delusional nonsense” and vowed to “immediately start going after” Avenatti’s assets as soon as the court has officially recorded its judgment.

“At the end of the day, until he pays this judgment off, it will follow him around for decades,” George told ABC News in an interview after the court ruling.

As Avenatti recently told an MSNBC host, he is very seriously considering a presidential run.

“Well, my consideration is very serious. I have not made a decision yet,” Avenatti said, the Washington Examiner reports. “I’ve been to over 15 states in the last couple months — gauging reaction, helping raise money for Democrats.”

Should he run, Avenatti said he would launch a “brutal campaign” capable of beating President Trump:

Avenatti said Trump would be hard to beat in 2020, and that Democrats cannot expect to meet him with a “message of puppies and daisies,” but instead need to prepare for a “brutal campaign.”

Avenatti said that he doesn’t believe women are going to support Trump when he runs for reelection in 2020.

“I don’t think they’re going to support him [Trump] in the same degree they did last time,” Avenatti said. “I think that his misogyny is wearing thin, but ultimately, I don’t think he’s going to change his conduct.”

Avenatti said that he doesn’t believe women are going to support Trump when he runs for reelection in 2020.

“I don’t think they’re going to support him [Trump] in the same degree they did last time,” Avenatti said. “I think that his misogyny is wearing thin, but ultimately, I don’t think he’s going to change his conduct.”

 

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