A complaint filed in Washington federal district court last Friday accuses the government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea of stiffing Lanny J. Davis & Associates out of almost $142,000 for out-of-pocket legal services.

In February 2010, the West African government signed a contract with McDermott Will & Emery for assistance in “instituting comprehensive political, legal and economic reforms,” according to the complaint (PDF). The lead attorney was Lanny Davis, who was a McDermott partner at the time. Under the contract, Equatorial Guinea agreed to pay just over $2 million for legal services in four installments, from March 2010 through September 2011.

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