The Golden Globe winning actor, Johnny Depp, is well-known in Hollywood for his roles in movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Alice in Wonderland, and Sweeney Todd. Unfortunately, Depp has recently been in the spotlight for reasons other than acting. Over a year ago, Johnny Depp was in the public eye for his public and controversial divorce with Amber Heard after she claimed Depp to be physically abusive. Recently, the fifty-four year old actor has recently filed a malpractice lawsuit against his former attorney, Jacob Bloom. Depp claims that Bloom and his law firm, Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal & LaViolette, committed “professional malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment.” Depp argues that Bloom’s malpractice cost him nearly $35 million. Depp claims that Bloom violated the attorney-client relationship by “improperly and negligently collected over $30,000,000 in voidable contingent fees.”
This isn’t the first time Depp has filed complaints against his former attorney and manager. Almost a year ago, Depp sued The Management Group (TMG) for mismanaging $650 million that the actor had made in the course of two decades. TMG filed a cross-complaint against Depp, claiming that he “lived an ultra-extravagant lifestyle” that apparently cost him millions per month. However, the judge ruled that Depp’s lifestyle and spending habits were irrelevant to the case. In this current lawsuit, Depp is asking the court “for a declaration that any purported contingent fee deal between himself and Bloom’s firm is invalid, void and unenforceable and that he is entitled to disgorgement and restitution of all fees paid.” According to Depp’s attorney, Kurt Peterson, Bloom and his firm strongly disagree with Depp’s claim. They are confused and disappointed by the lawsuit, especially since they had a long-term relationship with Depp.