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Johnny Depp sues former lawyers, alleging malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty

 (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)
(Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)

Johnny Depp has sued his former attorney Jacob Bloom, accusing him and his firm of legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment and more related in part to loans procured on the actor's behalf by his former management company. 

Bloom and his firm allegedly "engaged in self-dealing and pursued and undertook transactions in the face of undisclosed conflicts of interest for their own financial benefit over that of their clients" and failed to disclose "years of misconduct" by Depp's business managers and collected more than $30 million in fees without a written contract, according to court documents filed Tuesday (via Deadline). 

“In light of the longstanding relationship between the Bloom Firm and Mr. Depp, the Firm is extremely disappointed that Mr. Depp has decided to file this lawsuit," a spokesperson for Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman LLP said in a statement to The Times/ The firm intends to defend the lawsuit “vigorously.”

After the "Pirates of the Caribbean" actor sued his former business manager, the Management Group, in January, alleging fraud, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and more, the management company filed a cross-complaint saying in part that Depp's money problems were a result of his “voracious spending” rather than any mismanagement. 

The latter complaint has since been cut down by a judge to an allegation of promissory fraud, even as the management company added the 54-year-old's friends and relatives as defendants. 

Depp in recent months has been selling off various real-estate holdings, with inconsistent success

In August, it was reported that the Securities and Exchange Commission was taking a look at the Management Group's business practices. 

Depp is seeking compensatory and punitive damages in an amount to be determined at trial. 

UPDATE

Oct. 26, 4:35 p.m.: This story was updated with a comment from the Bloom Firm. 

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