Rod Stewart Owes $3.3M, Says Law Firm

     (CN) – Rod Stewart owes a Los Angeles law firm $3.3 million in legal fees, Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs, Howard & Shapiro claims in L.A. Superior Court.

     Glaser Weil says it has represented Stewart and his alter ego, Stewart Annoyances, “on at least 19 different matters for more than 20 years,” but the rocker stiffed it for years of work on three cases.
     The law firm says Stewart owes if $2.2 million for defending him in a 7-year-long contract dispute with the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, which also alleged unjust enrichment. “Stewart and Annoyances still owe $2,190,570.05 to Glaser Weil for their services from March 27, 2001 – Dec. 28, 2007, which they refuse to pay.”
     Glaser Weil says Stewart owed $960,346 for 5½ years of work defending him in PM Group v. Stewart, in which a concert group sued for fraud, interference with contract and other claims. “Stewart countersued for breach of contract. The case went to trial and thereafter was appealed,” the complaint states, without saying how it came out. (Contemporary press reports indicate Stewart was ordered to pay 420,000 euros and 860,000 euros in damages for accepting a deposit for a South American tour he never gave. Stewart claimed he was entitled to keep the deposit to cover work he could have got elsewhere.) The law firm says Stewart owes $960,345.57 for fees and costs incurred from July 17, 2002 to Dec. 27, 2007.
     In the third case, Glaser Weil says Stewart owes $159,000 for defending him in RKO Pictures v. Stewart, in which the studio sued for trademark infringement, false designation of origin, passing off, unfair competition and unjust enrichment. That case went to mediation and was settled, according to the law firm’s complaint, which says Stewart still owes $158,955.72 for fees and costs from Dec. 3, 2004 to Jan. 25, 2007.
     Glaser Weil says it never charged Stewart a retainer, and Stewart never objected to that, but paid his bills, until these instances. It wants $3,309,871.34, plus costs and interest. It is represented by Vincent Green with Nemecek & Cole.

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