GREENVILLE, S.C. (Legal Newsline) – A South Carolina law firm alleges a physician has failed to pay in full for legal services.
Rothstein Law Firm PA and David E. Rothstein filed a complaint on Nov. 15 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, Greenville Division against Ozgur I. Ozkan, M.D. and Lisa M. Sotir alleging breach of contract and tortious interference with contract.
According to the complaint, Rothstein alleges that on July 24, 2014, he became defendant Ozkan's lawyer in the process of resolving his residency at Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine in South Carolina. The plaintiffs claim the legal matters were delayed numerous times by Ozkan and Sotir, his wife.
Due to the long process, the suit states Rothstein had recorded nearly 300 attorney hours for a total bill of $80,518.47, which reflects the deduction of the original retainer amount of $7,500. Despite sending invoice, follow-up messages and repeated demands, the plaintiffs allege they were not paid for their services.
The plaintiffs holds Ozkan and Sotir responsible because the defendants allegedly failed and refused to pay any additional attorney's fees beyond the $7,500 initial retainer amount and engaged in extortionate tactics by threatening to attack plaintiffs’ reputation and professional standing for the sole purpose of coercing them to accept a lower amount for the outstanding attorney fee balance.
The plaintiffs request a bench trial and seek judgment for actual and compensatory damages, punitive damages, prejudgment interest, attorneys' fees, costs, and such further relief as the court deems just and appropriate. They are represented by Steven E. Buckingham of The Law Office of Steven Edward Buckingham LLC in Greenville, South Carolina.
U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, Greenville Division case number 6:17-cv-03096-TMC