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Client Gone Wild! Lawyers Fire Joe Francis Over Claims He Doesn’t Return Calls Or Pay His Legal Bills — Read The Blistering Court Docs

Joe Francis Lawyers Quit

Mar. 12 2015, Published 7:17 a.m. ET

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Lawyers for Joe Francis are firing the Girls Gone Wild founder as a client because he won’t return their calls or pay his bills, according to court documents obtained by

Francis hired the California law firm Egan Avenatti to file a defamation lawsuit against Steve Wynn after the billionaire casino owner sued Francis for defamation. Wynn, who won a $40 million jury verdict, called Francis “a digital assassin.”

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His lawyers are now citing “irreconcilable differences” in a request to the judge to let them off the case. Attorney Michael Avenatti said Francis “has failed to cooperate and communicate” by failing to “timely return telephone calls and emails – if they are returned at all,” according to the documents.

He also accuses Francis of stiffing them by failing “to pay out-of-pocket litigation expenses related to Eagan Avenatti’s representation of him.”

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“These breakdowns have created irreconcilable differences between Eagan Avenatti and Plaintiff that make is impossible for Eagan Avenatti and its attorneys to represent Plaintiff in a meaningful fashion,” the lawyers told the judge in their motion to be removed from the case.

Francis built a porn empire off his Girls Gone Wild video franchise, which featured young women undressing and performing lewd acts for his camera. It all came crashing down in a storm of legal problems and lawsuits, including some from women who claimed the video was sold without their permission.



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