Bloom Hergott LLP in Depp Trouble After Court Finds Oral Fee Agreement Unenforceable

54427908Johnny Depp won a major battle last week in his war against his former attorneys Bloom Hergott LLP.  The firm alleged that it was entitled to a percentage of Depp’s gross entertainment earnings pursuant to an oral fee agreement.  The Court disagreed and found the contract unenforceable. Bloom represented Depp for nearly twenty years and alleged Depp always directed fee payments to Bloom under their arrangement until July of 2017 when the parties had a falling out.  Depp threw the first punch in October of 2017 for breach of fiduciary duty, legal malpractice, unjust enrichment, unfair competition, and violation of California Business & Professions Code § 6147 which requires attorneys representing clients for a contingency fee to memorialize this agreement in writing.  Bloom swung back counterclaiming for breach of contract and, in the alternative, quantum meruit in pursuit of its unpaid legal fees. In granting Depp’s motion for…

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