Erica Jane wins court victory as lawsuit over unpaid attorneys’ fees is dismissed


Erica Jane was in high spirits Wednesday after it was reported that she had been dismissed from a lawsuit.

Late last week, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, 51, was dropped as a defendant in a lawsuit originally filed against her and her estranged husband Tom Girardi, 83, according to Southern California’s City News Service.

The couple was sued for attorney fees that Girardi’s law firm claims it failed to pay to a team of attorneys who worked with her on the case.

Clear: Erica Jane, 51, was dismissed from a lawsuit originally filed against her and her estranged husband Tom Girardi late last week;  taken in May

Clear: Erica Jane, 51, was dismissed from a lawsuit originally filed against her and her estranged husband Tom Girardi late last week; taken in May

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard L. Fruin had previously ruled in late August that Jane should be removed as a defendant, but on Friday he signed a ruling upholding that decision.

During the course of the lawsuit, he found that the reality star had no “actual knowledge” of the alleged violation by Giradi’s firm.

A day before the judge signed his order firing Jane, the plaintiffs also dropped complaints against her company, EJ Global LLC

On Instagram Wednesday, she posted a screenshot of the Los Angeles Magazine article about the firing, captioning it, “Another [celebrating emoji].’

Glee: Erica wrote 'One more' on Wednesday as she shared a screenshot of a Los Angeles magazine article about the firing

Glee: Erica wrote ‘One more’ on Wednesday as she shared a screenshot of a Los Angeles magazine article about the firing

Oh should be removed as a defendant, but on Friday he signed a judgment upholding that decision;  she was seen on Wednesday, her fast day, at a friend's house in LA

Off the hook: Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard L. Fruin had previously ruled in late August that Jane should be removed as a defendant, but on Friday he signed a ruling upholding that decision; she was seen on Wednesday, her fast day, at a friend’s house in LA

The lawsuit was originally filed by attorneys Philip R. Sheldon and Robert P. Finn and their law offices.

They claim that Girardi and his law firm, Girardi & Keese, owe them attorney’s fees from working together.

Sheldon and Finn worked alongside Girardi & Keese in 2008 and 2009 on personal injury cases alleging plaintiffs were exposed to hazardous chemicals from cement plants.

Sheldon, Finn and Girardi & Keese allegedly had written agreements with the plaintiffs that their firms would share attorneys’ fees.

After the original suit was settled for $31 million, Sheldon and Finn claimed Girardi & Keese never gave them their share of the attorneys’ fees.

Attorneys sued Girardi and Jane in December 2020 for $900,000 in compensatory damages as well as punitive damages.

Leak: Attorneys Philip R. Sheldon and Robert P. Finn say Tom Girardi's firm agreed to split attorneys' fees with them in a lawsuit, but after it settled for $31 million, they say they were never paid affairs;  Erica and Tom see each other on RHOBH

Leak: Attorneys Philip R. Sheldon and Robert P. Finn say Tom Girardi’s firm agreed to split attorneys’ fees with them in a lawsuit, but after it settled for $31 million, they say they were never paid affairs; Erica and Tom see each other on RHOBH

However, the point of contention with Jane’s lawyers was whether the alleged fee-splitting agreement was in writing or was merely a verbal agreement. They argue that Sheldon and Finn’s lawsuit does not clarify the nature of the agreement.

In the lawsuits, Jane’s lawyers defended her, noting that she was not a lawyer and therefore claimed that she did not work with her ex on the case.

They also claimed she knew nothing about the original case and added that her career in music and reality TV would not have given her any knowledge or experience on the subject.

“I had absolutely no knowledge of, participated in, or provided any assistance of any nature to any conduct or scheme by anyone — including Girardi & Keese and Tom Girardi — with the intent or purpose of harming Plaintiffs or to deprive the plaintiffs of money that the plaintiffs claimed was owed to them,” read an affidavit filed by Jane in a motion to dismiss.

Not involved: Erica's lawyers said she was not a lawyer and never worked with Tom on the case as justification for her firing;  seen in 2017

Not involved: Erica’s lawyers said she was not a lawyer and never worked with Tom on the case as justification for her firing; seen in 2017

Jane has repeatedly defended herself and denied any knowledge of Girardi’s potential wrongdoing.

She has been involved in significant litigation related to claims that Girardi allegedly planned bailed out the families of victims of the 2018 Lion Air plane crash in Indonesia from millions of dollars owed to them.

Another lawsuit against Erica previously alleged that her company, EJ Global, “was created for the purpose of funneling money from [Tom Girardi’s law firm] Girardi Keys in favor of Erica.

The singer has been ordered to return some of the expensive gifts her estranged husband gave her to help pay for the crash victims.

However, she continues to defend herself and claims that she was not involved in and had no knowledge of her then-husband’s alleged misdeeds.

More issues: The reality star has been embroiled in significant litigation, including a lawsuit alleging her ex used money to enrich them intended for victims of the 2018 Lion Air plane crash in Indonesia;  seen in June in Santa Monica

More issues: The reality star has been embroiled in significant litigation, including a lawsuit alleging her ex used money to enrich them intended for victims of the 2018 Lion Air plane crash in Indonesia; seen in June in Santa Monica



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