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There’s defamation and then there’s really loud defamation, and what’s been going on since January in front of the law offices at 4929 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles “definitely qualifies as defamation by bullhorn,” contends Brian Dunn. That’s the address of Cochran, Cherry, Givens, Smith & Stewart, where Dunn works — currently representing his boss, celeb lawyer Johnnie Cochran Jr. The firm is suing a man who claims to be a former client, Ulysses Tory, together with as many as 50 Does, for using loudspeakers and placards to accuse Cochran of assorted moral turpitudes, including not paying back money that was owed. Tory is something of a mystery man. He’s not in the Los Angeles phone directory, and court archives do not list him as a litigant until now. Dunn says his office so far has found out only that Tory is a friend of a former client. “We’re considering this an extortion attempt,” Dunn adds. “This is so wild, so over the top, we’ve decided negotiations would not be fruitful.” The one person who’s largely missed the hubbub is Cochran. Although he no longer has his New York-based television series on Court TV, Dunn says, “He’s rarely here.”

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