Stanley Arkin of Arkin Kaplan Rice is defending a prince in a breach of contract case that involves a most unprincely amount of money. His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco — we’ll refer to him as H.S.H. — is being sued for about $60,000. The plaintiff, Robert Eringer of Santa Barbara, claims that H.S.H. stiffed him on one quarterly payment for investigative work he conducted for Monaco between 2005 and 2007.

Arkin smells a shakedown. After removing the case from California state court to Los Angeles federal district court, Arkin filed a motion to dismiss, claiming that before Eringer filed suit, he sent H.S.H. a letter demanding $600,000. When H.S.H. refused to pay him off, Arkin writes, Eringer filed a complaint “replete with grandiose, scurrilous, and largely irrelevant allegations, redolent of a crude ‘shake-down’ or blatant extortion.” Here’s the “scurrilous” complaint that provoked Arkin’s attack, which does indeed feature quite a salacious tale of sex, arms dealers, billionaires and espionage.

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