‘Criminal Minds’ Star A.J. Cook Wins Court Ruling Against Ex-Lawyers Over Fees

TheWrap | 8/19/2019 | Tim Molloy
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A judge ruled in favor of “Criminal Minds” star A.J. Cook on Monday is her dispute with her former attorneys, who said they were entitled to 5 percent of her payments from the hit CBS drama.

Cook argued that attorney Neil Meyer and his firm, Meyer & Downs, raised their fee from 2.5 percent per episode of “Criminal Minds” to 5 percent without her agreement, and that her then-manager, David Guillod, arranged for the increased payments to be made to Meyer & Downs without her consent.

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She left Guillod in 2017 when he was accused of sexually assaulting four women — accusations he denies. She then stopped paying both the lawyers and Guillod’s former management company, Primary Wave.

Superior Court Judge Gregory W. Alarcon agreed with Cook and Saltz, ruling Monday that “because the fee agreement at issue in this matter is a contingency fee agreement… and as the agreement was orally made, the contract is voidable.”

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Cook, meanwhile, is suing Meyer & Downs for the return of $85,500 that she says she previously paid them, plus additional damages. Her lawsuit claims breach of fiduciary duty, unlawful disclosure of confidential information, and indemnity.

“This is a big win for A.J. and all actors who find themselves being bullied by their former representation,” Saltz said. “Although the case is not over, there is essentially nothing left of Meyer and Downs claims against A.J., and...
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