Judicial Watch Founder In Trouble With The FL Bar

November 4, 2011 1:26 a.m.

Conservative, birther and serial lawsuit filer Larry Klayman is in financial trouble.Klayman, the founder of Freedom Watch and Judicial Watch and a regular columnist for birther news site World Net Daily, is also a regular architect of what some might call frivolous lawsuits.

From the Miami New-Times:

Klayman founded Judicial Watch, the conservative organization that filed eighteen lawsuits against the Clinton administration in the ’90s, and recently sued Hillary Clinton. Klayman left Judicial Watch and then, of course sued it. He recently sued Facebook for $1 billion for not removing an anti-Israel page, and represented a homophobic preacher in a slander lawsuit against Rachel Maddow. Oh, yeah, and he sued his mom.

He also once said that President Barack Obama is on a “political jihad promoting Islam around the world.”

But now he’s got legal troubles of his own. A complaint filed by the Florida Bar publicly reprimanded Klayman for his failure to make good on an agreement with a client.

In 2007, Natalia Humm filed a grievance against Klayman alleging that she paid him a $25,000 retainer to handle her case, in which she was charged with arranging sham marriages for immigrants. But, Humm says, Klayman never delivered. After submitting the dispute to the Florida Bar Grievance Mediation Program, Klayman agreed to pay Humm $5,000 within 90 days, but he never delivered.

From the Bar’s complaint: “In response to the Florida Bar, [Klayman] indicated that he was facing a very difficult financial situation, but that he had every intention of honoring his agreement with Humm. [Klayman] further indicated that he would be able to pay the outstanding amount by September 30, 2009.” But…he never delivered.

In early 2010, Klayman said he was going through bankruptcy and provided the Bar with his financial records and a check for $1,000 for Humm, as a good faith sign that he would eventually pay up. In August 2010, the complaint alleges, Klayman told the Bar that he had been in a car accident, but he would soon send more payments to Humm. He then stopped responding to the Florida Bar and didn’t make any more payments.

Klayman’s license in Pennsylvania is also under “administrative suspension,” the New-Times reports.

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