In the lawsuit, where up to $32 million in damages is claimed, 50 Cent alleges that his former lawyer Peter Raymond poorly advised him.
This isn’t the first time that 50 cent has sued his former lawyers, although this time newer former lawyers are being sued are not the same as last time. Last time he alleged that the lawyers had made “numerous failures” in the dispute that revolved around 50 Cent attempting to break into the headphone market. That dispute was settled out of court, the rapper simply stated that “The law firm and I have settled or dispute and I consider the issue closed”.
The most recent alleged poor advice came about as a result of the legal dispute with Lastonia Leviston. Mrs Leviston sued 50 Cent, real name Curtis Jackson, after he posted online a sextape in which Mrs Leviston appeared.
Peter Raymond, during this dispute is alleged to have advised 50 Cent to declare himself bankrupt in order to put the lawsuit on pause. 50 Cent subsequently declared himself bankrupt, but the court did not have the same feelings as to putting the litigation on pause. The litigation resulted in the court ordering 50 Cent to pay more than his name would suggest; $7 million was the total damages that was awarded to Mrs Leviston.
The new round of litigation alleges that “Reed Smith and Raymond did not follow established legal standards in representing Jackson in the Leviston case by failing to provide effective representation and conduct proper pre-trial and trial preparation prior to the Leviston trial”.
Round two for 50 Cent in the court room against his former lawyers, one would hope that the lawyers representing him this time don’t end up like his former lawyers.