When a Tampa law firm goes after rapper and client Ludacris for unpaid bills
Wake up and good morning. Tampa's Carlton Fields law firm enjoys prestigious digs that have captured the look and feel of a stately, powerful law firm at the top of its game. But the law firm, which has even been growing a bit through this tough recession, won't hesitate to go after a client who won't pay up. Even if that client is the rapper Ludacris, who has sold more than 24 million records worldwide and is considered a successful actor. (Photo: Ludacris stops by Club Skye in Ybor City in June following his postgame concert at Tropicana Field, by tbt's Luis Santana.)
Carlton Fields sued Ludacris one week ago seeking to recover $61,860 that it says the rapper, whose real name is Christopher Bridges, owes in fees, reports the National Law Journal. Here's the complete story. And here are the highlights:
* The lawsuit against Ludacris is tied to a car accident in 2007 that involved his mother, Roberta Shields, Carlton Fields partner Walter Bush (see photo, right) told the National Law Journal. The plaintiff sued Shields, Ludacris and the rapper's nonprofit Ludacris Foundation, for which Shields worked.
* Carlton Fields attorney Kenneth Thompson represented the defendants in the ongoing matter, but left the law firm's Atlanta office in June,
* Ludacris apparently ignored invoices for his mounting expenses for legal services rendered between March 2008 and April 2009, according to a complaint filed in Fulton County, Ga., Superior Court. Bush said that the firm has filed a petition to withdraw from the case. A hearing is scheduled for today.
-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist