Blac Chyna’s attorney hit back at the Kardashian-Jenners’ filing demanding she pay them more than $391,000 in legal fees.
Lynne Ciani, who represented Chyna in her recent two-week trial against the reality TV stars, told Page Six in an exclusive statement late Tuesday that the the powerhouse family “cannot recover” the legal fees from her client (born Angela White).
“Kris Jenner’s attempt to financially ruin Angela White, the mother of her granddaughter Dream Kardashian, will not work,” Ciani said.
The lawyer explained that, under California law, costs are only awarded to defendants “when they are without fault,” but the jury came to a verdict that both Kris and Kylie Jenner “falsely claimed” Chyna had abused her ex-fiancé Rob Kardashian.
“The same Los Angeles jury reached a verdict that defendants Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian and Kylie Jenner did not act reasonably and in good faith to protect their own economic interests in the ‘Rob & Chyna’ show,” Ciani’s statement continued.
“Because Ms. White achieved these litigation objectives, defendants cannot be considered ‘prevailing parties’ under California law, and they cannot recover their exorbitant litigation costs of $391,000 from Ms. White.”
Page Six reported in early May that the jury awarded no damages to Chyna, 34, in her defamation lawsuit against the Kardashian-Jenners, but the jury did find that Kris, 66, Kylie, 24, and Kim, 41, acted to protect their own economic interest.
They also found that Kris, Kim, Khloé, 37, and Kylie knew Chyna had a contract with the E! network but did not find that their conduct had prevented Chyna from performing under that agreement.
Chyna sued Kris, Kim, Khloé and Kylie for $40 million for loss of earnings and more than $60 million in future earnings, claiming the family had used their influence to tarnish her reputation and prevent financial opportunities after they allegedly “conspired” to cancel the second season of “Rob & Chyna,” which they denied.
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