Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Judge Assesses Legal Fees in the JT Leroy Trial

On June 16th, I posted here about the lawsuit brought against Laura Albert in Federal District Court in Manhattan by a film production company claiming she had defrauded them.

Laura Albert published four books under the pseudonym J.T. Leroy. She promoted herself as a male author whose books were based on "his" life as a former prostitute. When Antidote International Films learned the truth, they sued her.

In a later post on June 26 here, I reported that the jury found Albert guilty and ordered her to pay Antidote $110,000 in actual damages and $6,500 in punitive damages.

According to the New York Times, on Monday, U.S. District Judge Jed S. Kaplan ordered Albert and her company, Underdogs Inc., to pay legal fees that are triple the amount of the jury's award. "Lawyers for Antidote had asked for $850,000 in fees and $214,000 in expenses. The judge awarded the Antidote lawyers $279,175 in fees and $70,325 in expenses, totaling $349,500."

This is a two-post day. Keep reading below.

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