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Patent law firm alleges company hasn't paid fees

By Shaun Zinck | Jun 18, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - A national law firm is suing a company it agreed to represent, alleging failure to pay legal fees associated with the representation.

Maschoff Brennan Laycock Gilmore Israelsen & Wright filed the lawsuit June 10 in U.S. District Court Central District of California Southern Division against PilePro, which has its principal offices in Austin, Texas.

The lawsuit said Maschoff and PilePro entered into an agreement in October in which the law firm agreed to represent the company in a legal dispute with a business in New York, and in another legal issue involving the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The complaint states in January the law firm filed a motion to withdraw its representation of PilePro and the motion was granted March 5. The firm also motioned to withdraw representation over the patent issue, and that motion was granted in April, the lawsuit states.

The suit says PilePro owes Maschoff Brennan about $352,997, which includes attorney fees, court filing fees and copy fees. The law firm also seeks $75,000 in damages plus the court costs associated with filing the lawsuit. The firm is represented by its own attorneys, Sterling A. Brennan and Tyson K. Hottinger, based in its Irvine, Calif., office.

U.S. District Court Central District of California Southern Division case number 8:15-cv-00915.

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