Pop star Michael Jackson was ordered Monday (Oct 16.) to pay $175,000 in overdue attorney fees to a law firm that sued him. Ayscough & Marar sued Jackson in February 2006, claiming he didn’t pay for services it rendered on his behalf. Superior Court Judge James Chalfant’s judgment hikes Jacksonâs legal bill to the firm, which now totals more than $430,000. The firm said it had obtained court orders to delay discovery in civil cases and kept information from being released during the singer’s 2005 child molestation trial, according to the lawsuit. In July, Chalfant said Jackson would have to pay the law firm $256,000 for unpaid fees. Jackson’s attorneys have appealed that judgment. Monday’s award compensates the law firm for having to hire a lawyer to sue Jackson. The firm had asked for nearly $450,000. “We’re very happy with today’s outcome,” Jackson’s attorney Thomas Mundell said. Asked whether his client would pay the firm, Mundell said “You’d have to ask him that.” Brent Ayscough, a partner at the law firm, said Jackson hasn’t paid any of the money due. “That’s quite a lot of money for not paying his bills,” Ayscough said. The award will continue to increase annually at a rate of 10 percent until Jackson pays it off. Jackson countersued the firm last year, claiming that one of the firm’s lawyers threatened to expose confidential information about him to the media. Chalfant dismissed Jackson’s suit, saying it lacked merit.
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