A former Arizona law firm managing its clients’ medical bills is asking a judge to toss out a lawsuit filed by a retired Arizona attorney who says his wife has been using her own money to cover expenses.
Cathy Eagan sued her former partner, James Eagan, in January.
He is one of several law firms in the Phoenix area that have taken the practice of billing clients for fees that go to Eagan’s own legal fees, according to a complaint filed Thursday in Arizona Superior Court.
The complaint claims that Eagan used her own funds to pay Eagan for his own legal work, including a deposition that was not available to the public, the lawsuit said.
Eagan has denied using his wife’s legal fees to pay for her legal work.
Eagan was not immediately available for comment.
A lawyer representing Eagan did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.
Eagans attorney, Matthew Breen, said the lawsuit is the result of an abuse of discretion by the judge and the legal profession.
Egan filed a complaint against Eagan in January, accusing him of making false statements and failing to pay his own bills.
Egan claims he was told he was going to be paid a $50,000 fee in March, but instead he was paid $1,500, Eagan said in the complaint.
Egans attorney said that Egan did not want his attorney representing him.
The lawsuit was filed by the lawyer’s former wife, Jennifer Eagan.
Eggans former husband, James, is a former member of the Arizona Supreme Court.
Evan, a Phoenix-based attorney, said in a statement that he believes the lawsuit unfairly targets Egan’s wife and is not about justice.
He added that Egans wife has done the right thing by not paying her own bills, but that the lawsuit has gone beyond that.
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office said in an email Thursday that Egonas attorney had requested a restraining order against the lawsuit.
The attorney said the order was granted.
Egonas wife did not respond to requests for comment on Thursday.
In response to a CNNMoney question about Egans lawsuit, the attorney for the attorney’s former spouse said, “I would respectfully disagree with your characterization.”