Lawyer Bert Fields Drops Weinstein Co. Over Unpaid Bills

Greenberg Glusker says a TWC exec told the firm it couldn't pay.
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Another prominent law firm is parting ways with The Weinstein Co., but this time it isn't related to the sexual harassment and assault allegations plaguing ousted co-founder Harvey Weinstein.

Greenberg Glusker, lead by veteran Bert Fields, is asking the court for permission to leave a rights dispute because it hasn't been paid — and, in doing so, the firm underscores that it is not involved in the ongoing sexual scandals.

Donald Borchers sued in August, asking the court for a declaration that he holds film rights to projects based on Stephen King's Children of the Corn. Borchers claims he licensed some rights to sequels or remakes of the film to Miramax but kept for himself certain rights, and he wants the court to make sense of the mess.

Now, Fields and colleague Charles Shephard are withdrawing from the matter, claiming TWC isn't paying its bills.

"TWC has failed to pay Greenberg Glusker for its legal services in this matter and has stated that it will be unable to pay for its services as the cases [sic] progresses," writes Shephard in a Wednesday filing.

The attorneys also note that TWC has been a Greenberg Glusker client for a long time. So, when the firm was asked to handle this matter, it agreed — even though, at that time, TWC already owed the firm substantial money for prior services.

"Because of the manner in which plaintiff was pursuing the case, because of the size of Greenberg Glusker's receivable, and because of some new and significant issues unrelated to this litigation which had arisen and with which TWC was required to deal (issues that have received a lot of national press and issues which do not involve Greenberg Glusker in any way, and in which Greenberg Glusker played no role whatsoever), Greenberg Glusker became concerned about being paid for its services," states the filing. 

Bob Weinstein told Greenberg Glusker TWC would make a substantial payment on Nov. 20, but it never came, according to the filing, and TWC executive vice president Sarah Sobel later told the firm TWC wouldn't be able to pay.