Jones's Lawyers Battle Over Fees
Wednesday, January 20, 1999; Page A9
LITTLE ROCK, Jan. 19 Paula Jones's lawyers say her first legal team, which won a key round in her sexual harassment case at the U.S. Supreme Court, isn't entitled to any share of her $850,000 settlement with President Clinton.
The Dallas law firm of Rader, Campbell, Fisher & Pyke said in court papers filed today that the work of Joseph Cammarata and Gilbert K. Davis was "riddled with malpractice" and that they abandoned her case because they lacked "professional ability" and "personal resolve."
Cammarata and Davis said they were offended by the claim and that they left the case after Jones refused their advice to accept a settlement offer that included $700,000 and a vague apology. They say they are owed $875,000.
"Everything we touched, we won," Davis said. "Everything they touched, they lost." Cammarata added: "It's a cheap attack on us to enrich themselves."
Jones claims that Clinton propositioned her May 8, 1991, at the Excelsior Hotel in Little Rock, when he was Arkansas governor and she was a state worker. Clinton has denied the allegation.
She sued Clinton in 1994. A federal judge in Little Rock ruled that any trial could wait until Clinton left office, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1997 that the president had no right to such a delay.
Jones's lawsuit was dismissed in April. She was attempting to revive it when it was settled.
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