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Gidwitz ordered to pay $5.7 million in legal fees

June 1st, 2017

Ron Gidwitz, a Chicago businessman and fundraiser for President Donald Trump, has lost his court fight against a law firm that says he owed millions for legal work. But don’t think you’ve heard the last of this case. Gidwitz plans to appeal.

Cook County Circuit Judge Patrick Lustig has ruled Gidwitz and several family members and associated companies owe $5.7 million to Ungaretti & Harris law firm, which is now under the Nixon Peabody umbrella.

Related: Ron Gidwitz takes the stand in his battle against former law firm.

After hearing testimony from 20 witnesses and going through the “voluminous” number of exhibits, Lustig said Gidwitz’s Burnham Companies “entered into a valid and binding written contract.”

In his judgement, Lustig said the Gidwitzes “breached the contract they had with the plaintiffs” when they stopped paying for legal services.

Read more about what Gidwitz and Ungaretti have to say about the decision in my Taking Names column in the Chicago Sun-Times.

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