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Michael Avenatti at a press conference Michael Avenatti. Photo: David Handschuh/ALM

A federal judge has removed embattled Michael Avenatti from a class action in which he won a $454 million verdict, citing her “considerable doubt” that he could fairly represent the class.

Thursday’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee of the Central District of California comes a day after Avenatti faced new criminal charges that he stole nearly $300,000 from his former client, Stephanie Clifford, the adult film star performing under the name Stormy Daniels who sued President Donald Trump alleging she was paid thousands of dollars to keep quiet about their sexual affair. Avenatti already faces multiple charges of tax fraud, bank fraud and extortion in both California and New York.

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Amanda Bronstad

Amanda Bronstad is the ALM staff reporter covering class actions and mass torts nationwide. She writes the email dispatch Critical Mass. She is based in Los Angeles.

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