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August 30, 2008 | Victoria Kim, Times Staff Writer
A top Los Angeles attorney known for his hardball tactics and his association with billionaire Kirk Kerkorian was convicted Friday of conspiring with private eye to the stars Anthony Pellicano to wiretap Kerkorian's ex-wife. A federal jury deliberated for one day after a six-week trial before returning guilty verdicts across the board for Pellicano and Century City attorney Terry Christensen, who represented Kerkorian in a bitterly contested 2002 child support battle. The conviction marks the end of a long legal career for Christensen, a former Marine Corps prosecutor who made his name in Hollywood's legal world with his dogged, bare-knuckle style of litigation, a reputation he once prized.
August 28, 2008 | Victoria Kim, Times Staff Writer
Jurors started deliberating Wednesday in the criminal trial of Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano and attorney Terry Christensen, who are accused of conspiring to illegally wiretap the ex-wife of billionaire Kirk Kerkorian. The key evidence in the case, according to prosecutors and defense attorneys, consists of 6 1/2 hours of recordings that Pellicano secretly made of his phone calls with Christensen, in which the two men are heard discussing Pellicano's work on the case.
August 8, 2008 | Victoria Kim
Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian will testify at the trial of his former lawyer, attorneys said in court Thursday. Defense attorneys for Terry Christensen, Kerkorian's longtime friend and lawyer, said they plan to call Kerkorian to the stand to testify about his bitter 2002 child support battle with ex-wife Lisa Bonder Kerkorian, who was seeking $320,000 in monthly child support for her daughter, then 4. Prosecutors say Christensen hired private eye...
July 26, 2008 | Harriet Ryan, Times Staff Writer
Pop star Britney Spears must increase her child support payments to ex-husband Kevin Federline by $5,000 a month as part of a custody settlement agreed to Friday. Under the terms of the deal approved by Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon, Spears will pay a total of $20,000 a month to the former backup dancer. She will also pay his $250,000 legal bill from lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan.
March 30, 2008 | Ashley Wiehle, Chicago Tribune
When Rachel Miller got a child-support check for more than $14,000 last fall, she never would have guessed that the long-awaited money had appeared because her sons' father likes to hunt white-tailed deer. Illinois had refused to renew his hunting license as part of a new program that gives deadbeat dads an ultimatum: Pay up now or give up your right to hunt and fish. "I thought someone was pulling a joke on me," Miller said. "I thought, 'It's a little late for April Fools -- not funny.
January 4, 2008 | John Spano
Billionaire land developer Donald Bren lost a bid Thursday to throw out a lawsuit by two of his children, who allege that he defrauded them out of child-support payments. Lawyers say they need detailed financial information from Bren to determine his wealth and calculate the proper amount of support he should pay for his daughter Christie, 19, and son David, 15. Bren has sought to keep such information private. The children's lawyers have estimated that the chairman of the Irvine Co. is worth $13.5 billion and said they might ask for 19% of his income in child support.
December 31, 2007
Re "Bren's children seeking millions," Dec. 25 Greed seems to float to the top of one more story of spoiled children in our culture of opulence. Thousands of dollars a month is not sufficient for two teenagers to squander because they want millions. Where is Mom when this is happening? We have developed a whole new society that has never been exposed to want because we parents have found it easier just to give. These rewards are given to avoid a proper regard for the work ethic.
December 25, 2007 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Christie and David Bren just want what's due them, their lawyer says; no more, no less. And by their calculations, that could be about $2.2 million a month -- each. The teenage children of billionaire Orange County land developer Donald L. Bren will return to court Jan. 3 to try to force their father to pay child support commensurate with his wealth. Bren, chairman of the Irvine Co.
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