Fleetwood Mac Drummer Sues Firm Over Attorney Fees
Posted Apr 9, 2009 9:10 AM CST
By Molly McDonough
The drummer for Fleetwood Mac, Michael "Mick" Fleetwood, is among a group suing its onetime attorney in Maine, claiming the lawyer and his firm left them on the hook for $4.5 million in attorney fees.
The Fleetwood group hired Paul McDonald and Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson in Portland to bring suit against a division of the British Broadcasting Corp. in a dispute over distribution rights to rare musical recordings worth about $100 million, the National Law Journal reports.
Citing court documents, the NLJ reports that the Fleetwood group paid Bernstein Shur $250,000 in fees to file the suit six years ago in Maine. Two years later, the retention agreement was reportedly renegotiated. And at the time of the BBC litigation, the Fleetwood group maintains that McDonald assured them that they couldn't be held individually liable for the BBC division's attorney fees.
But the BBC later sought to recover $4.5 million in attorney fees from a division of the Fleetwood group.
The group is now suing, alleging professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, among other claims.
Bernstein Shur, however, maintains the group still owes the firm money, to the tune of $900,000. The firm also denied it made such assurances on liability and claims that it had advised the group to retain English counsel on that question.