A law firm that formerly represented Courtney Love will have to shore up its lawsuit over allegedly unpaid legal bills totaling $436,000 if the plaintiffs want to proceed with the case as it currently stands, a judge ruled today.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos ruled there were not enough details in seven of 10 causes of action alleged by Keith A. Fink & Associates, including fraud and deceit as well as negligent misrepresentation.
She gave the firm’s lawyers 20 days to file a revised complaint.
The suit’s primary cause of action for alleged breach of contract is not being challenged for now by Love’s lawyers.
Her lead attorney, Kenneth Freundlich, said after the hearing that Fink & Associates is trying to move forward with too many other allegations in what is basically a contract dispute.
Palazuelos also granted Fink & Associates’ motion to take Love’s deposition.
It will take place on Feb. 12 in New York City, where the 48-year-old singer-actress now lives, said Olaf Muller, an attorney who works for Fink & Associates and argued on the firm’s behalf at today’s hearing.
The suit filed last June alleges that Fink & Associates is owed about $436,000 for work done on Love’s behalf from January to October 2009, including defending Love in a case alleging she defamed a clothing designer on Twitter and against a breach of contract suit filed by her former business manager, who sought nearly $1 million.
Love told Keith Fink she wanted him to serve as her general adviser and “consiglieri,” according to the complaint.