'Genuine Housewives of Beverly Hills' Tom Girardi Sued for Allegedly Swindling Millions

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 6:24 PM

Tom Girardi, the 76-year-old husband of 44-year-old cast member Erika Jayne, is one of the country’s top lawyers, known for his role in the lawsuit that was made well-known by Erin Brockovich and later turned into a movie.

'Genuine Housewives of Beverly Hills' Tom Girardi Sued for Allegedly Swindling Millions

A “Genuine Housewives of Beverly Hills” husband whose lavish lifestyle is on display on the reality indicate has been hit with a federal lawsuit that alleges he swindled clients out of millions of dollars.

Tom Girardi, the 76-year-old husband of 44-year-old cast member Erika Jayne, is one of the country’s top lawyers, known for his role in the lawsuit that was made well-known by Erin Brockovich and later turned into a movie.

But another case, this one involving Lockheed Martin, could land Girardi and his law firm Girardi Keese in federal court.

In a lawsuit filed Feb. twenty-two, former Lockheed Martin employee Paul Kranich alleges Girardi took more than his objective share of the $130 million payout from Lockheed Martin after a decade-long chemical exposure class-action valid battle that began in the one thousand nine hundred ninety.

In Ct documents, Kranich alleges that Girardi, his law partner Robert Finnerty and their firm, Girardi Keese, defrauded clients by “charging excessive fees and costs and fraudulently converting settlement proceeds.”

The lawsuit also alleges that a piece of the $130 million payout was spent, in part, on Girardi’s own aviation company and divorce costs.

“He’s feathering his own nest at the expense of the clients,” Kranich’s attorney, Peter Dion-Kindem, told ABC News. “So that’s just incorrect and fraudulent.”

Girardi called the allegations in the lawsuit “absurd.” He said he believes being on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” has made him a target.

“We didn’t have anything to do with the distribution of funds,” he told ABC News. “It’s life and you get the excellent with the bad.”

Girardi said he believes the case will be thrown out in court. The high-profile lawyer also told ABC News he plans to obtain sanctions against the attorney who filed the lawsuit, with the goal of getting him disbarred.

Kranich is asking for $50 million in damages.

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