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‘Big-Shot’ Lawyer Sues His Daughter for Libel Because She Sought Trust Fund Accounting

Posted Oct 24, 2012 6:37 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A New York lawyer has filed a $3 million libel suit against his daughter because she filed a petition seeking an accounting of her trust fund.

Richard Fischbein, 70, claims his daughter, lawyer Beth Fischbein-Bodner, harmed his reputation when she alleged his handling of the fund had given her concerns about waste and self-dealing. The New York Daily News and the New York Post have stories.

Fischbein’s suit suggests his daughter is ungrateful for all he has done for her, including paying for her college and law school education and hiring her when she was a fledgling lawyer. A spokesman told the Daily News that the accounting will completely vindicate Fischbein and show his daughter owes him money, though he won’t ask to be reimbursed.

The Daily News calls Fischbein “a big-shot Manhattan attorney” who has represented Donald Trump and the estate of rapper Tupac Shakur. He has been a plaintiff in at least at least 21 lawsuits since 1977, the story says, including a $7 million action claiming he was detained and humiliated in a dispute over a restaurant tip.

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