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Three former lawyers at the center of last year’s hullabaloo over California’s unfair competition law may be headed for more trouble. Damian Trevor, Allan Hendrickson and Shane Han, former partners at the defunct Trevor Law Group, have not shown up to court to defend two potentially expensive civil cases, according to parties involved in the actions. The cases — one filed by state Attorney General Bill Lockyer and one by an ex-business partner — stem from the Trevor Law Group’s controversial Beverly Hills practice, which shut down last year when the three attorneys were forced to give up their law licenses in the midst of a State Bar investigation. The attorneys had come under fire from the Bar, Lockyer and the state Legislature because they sued hundreds of small businesses for minor regulatory infractions using the unfair competition statute, Business & Professions Code � 17200. Since then, legislators and interest groups have used their example to call for changes to the law. Kevin Gerry, a Beverly Hills, Calif., attorney who represented the three lawyers in Bar court and in the civil cases, recently asked a Los Angeles judge to relieve him from defending them in the suit filed by Lockyer. “I am unable to communicate with my clients and we have had a complete breakdown in the attorney-client relationship such that I can no longer discharge my duties,” Gerry wrote in a court document. The judge granted his request. Gerry did not return calls seeking comment. But Deputy Attorney General Howard Wayne, who is prosecuting People of the State of California v. Trevor Law Group, BC290989, said Gerry told him that the trio couldn’t or wouldn’t pay their legal bills. The other civil case involves LitFunding Corp., a Los Angeles-based company that gives money to plaintiffs lawyers to fund litigation and then gets a cut of a firm’s profits. The Trevor firm had sued LitFunding to get money the attorneys said they were promised; the corporation countersued to try to get back about $600,000 it had already given them. Gerry was also relieved as counsel in the LitFunding case, according to court documents. LitFunding CEO Morton Reed said no one from the firm showed up for the most recent court date in the matter, Trevor Law Group v. LitFunding, SC075989, which, like the AG’s action, is being litigated in Los Angeles County Superior Court. However, Reed said Trevor stopped by his office recently to ask him to dismiss the case. “It’s par for the course,” Reed said. “None of what they do is logical.” Not showing up in court could prove costly, too. The AG’s suit seeks at least $1 million in civil penalties plus restitution. Deputy AG Wayne said now that Gerry is relieved as the lawyers’ counsel, he assumes they will defend the matter pro per. Since they have already been served and had been appearing in court, it doesn’t matter now whether they actually show up or not, he said. “Our intention is to obtain a judgment and then levy their assets, wherever they can be found,” Wayne said. The case is scheduled to be set for trial June 1. Former partners Trevor and Hendrickson could not be reached for comment. Trevor is apparently involved in a new business venture called Ultimate Sports Group, which, according to its Web site, is “a full-service sports agency, sports marketing and scouting company.” Trevor did not return a message left with the company. Ultimate Sports Group occupies the same office address as Trevor’s defunct firm. It became a corporation July 8 — just two days before the lawyers resigned from the Bar, according to secretary of state records. The only former partner who could be reached for comment was Han, who said he was no longer in the United States. Han is a Canadian citizen. He agreed to an interview via Internet instant messaging, but wouldn’t say where he was. Han said he was surprised to hear that the AG’s case was still going on because he believed the matter was dropped when he resigned from the Bar. “Jeepers, this thing doesn’t end. I thought that the resolution with the State Bar included a global understanding of resolution. Holy shit. I don’t like the sound of this,” Han wrote. Han said he didn’t know his relationship with Gerry had ended and that he hasn’t had time to think about whether he’s going to defend himself in either the AG’s or LitFunding’s actions. Han said he was working as a freelance writer. He also accused Reed, the LitFunding CEO, of lying to Bar investigators. Asked if there was anything else readers should know, Han wrote: “Well, how about ‘don’t believe everything you read?’”

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