Published September 15, 2009
LOS ANGELES – Hulk Hogan Suing Lawyers in Son's Car Crash Case, Claims They Cheated Him Out Of $1.5 Million | Sienna Miller On The Prowl? | Jay-Z Bails as Joe Jackson Arrives at His Party, Jon Gosselin Looking For Another Lady Already
The harsh world of legalities must be all too familiar for Hulk Hogan, but this time the semi-retired pro-wrestler has decided to sue the professionals whose job it was to stand up for him.
Hogan filed a lawsuit in the Pinellas County on Monday against two attorneys, Morris "Sandy" Weinberg Jr. and Lee Fugate, of the firm Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, with claims that the men (who defended him and son Nick Bollea following Nick's 2007 car crash) for cheating him out of over $1.5 million.
According to the suit, Hulk's automotive insurance company Progressive was obligated to cover all necessary legal costs, however the lawyers named allegedly failed to notify him of this and continued to bill at excessively high rates. Hulk also claimed that Progressive attempted numerous times to communicate with him over the incident, but the Zuckerman Spaeder legal team did not make him aware of their letters. By the time he understood his entitlements, he claims the relationship with the insurers had been "terminated."
"It is common knowledge throughout the legal profession experienced in such matters, especially in the area of insurance defense litigation and personal injury law, that automobile insurance policies include the aforementioned duty to defend the insured, as well as any permissive user, should a civil suit arise or the possibility of a civil claim exist," the lawsuit stated. "Defendants made no effort to advise of this important fact. Defendants were further aware, or should have been, that Bollea had no experience in the area of insurance."
Consequently, Hogan alleges in the 44 page suit that he not only paid the big bucks for 17 months until he reached a point where he "couldn't afford" the fees anymore, but he was billed unawares for time spent on the case by paralegals too.
"The charges made by Terry Bollea are simply baseless. The Bollea's came to Zuckerman Spaeder under very difficult circumstances. Both Terry Bollea and his son faced the threat of criminal prosecution and civil litigation. Zuckerman Spaeder, working with a co-counsel, achieved a very favorable result in the criminal case," a rep from the firm told Tarts in a statement. "We absolutely dispute and will contest the claims made against us."
Hogan is suing for unspecified damages and Progressive declined to comment on the incident.
But on the note of Nick Bollea's tragic accident, the now 24-year-old John Graziano, who was in the passenger seat of Bollea's vehicle at the time, was finally released from the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital last Wednesday, over two years after the incident. Graziano suffered severe brain damage, reportedly leaving him in a vegetative state.
Sienna Miller On the Prowl?
When it comes to romantic relationships, Sienna Miller hasn't had the best of luck. But in spite of it all, it seems she hasn't been discouraged. The British beauty was spotted out and about at the DeLeón Tequila party at the Rose Bar to rock out to The Cult during Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week last Thursday, making it clear she needed some lovin'.
"She arrived with two men and sat at a table right in front of the stage. In the middle of rocking out to The Cult, Sienna eyed Josh Hartnett and instantly leapt out of her seat to shower him with some PDA," said an eyewitness.
We're told Miller's male companions seemed a bit annoyed as the notoriously flirtatious girl gushed over Hartnett - who seemed equally as pleased to have her all over him. Hmmm ...
The beautiful, leather-clad, black eyeliner wearing, rock-n-roll crowd also included the likes of Hugh Grant, Helena Christensen, Nicky Hilton, Alek Wek, Carlos Leon, Monet Mazur, Bar Rafaeli and Devon Aoki.
Jay-Z was more than happy hanging out with Rihanna and Justin Timberlake at his post VMAs party in conjunction with ASICS on Sunday in a private room of his club 40/40, but the second Joe Jackson arrived the trio abruptly left ...
But the entertainment of that party actually came from Stephanie Pratt, Stacie Hall & Heidi Montag, who we're told "looked like they did a few too many shots, by stumbling on the red carpet and having to hang on to poles and were railing each other to stay standing."
Jay-Z, Rih and JT instead then joined Jessica Alba, Diddy (who came hand-in-hand with Cassie, guess they're still together) Kim Kardashian, Jude Law, Michelle Trachtenberg, Gerard Butler, Mickey Rourke, Whitney Port, Kimora Lee, Djimon Hounsou, Ne-Yo, Stephen Dorff, Nikki Hilton and Alessandra Ambrosio for the DeLeón Tequila/Jay-Z after-party bash that continued well into the early hours at NYC hotspot 1Oak.
Not surprisingly, Kanye West (who was expected to perform at 1Oak) was a no-show and also not surprisingly, nobody wanted to speak about him. Although Jay-Z was overheard saying that his actions were "so wrong and unnecessary."
Meanwhile, over at Starbucks's House of Hype at The Riv, newly single Jon Gosselin (his girlfriend Hailey Glassman left him just last week) was spotted "flirting outrageously" with a young lady, he even left and came back around 2:30 a.m., where he keep the night pumping until 4 a.m. Let's hope Kate was taking care of all those kids.
But turning back to Mr. West, the following day Pop Tarts spotted Nicky Hilton and Rachel Bilson hiding out from reporters at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week as they apparently didn't want to get accosted by reporters asking about the VMA meltdown. However, Kim Kardashian took the high road when asked about the rapper's antics.
"I didn't see it yet, so I shouldn't say anything," she diplomatically responded.