The law firm that represented the widow of radio icon Casey Kasem in her unsuccessful bid to keep her husband on life support was awarded a default judgment of more than $85,000 against her for unpaid legal bills.
Haney & Young LLP’s breach-of-contract suit, filed last July 29 in Los Angeles Superior Court, stated that the firm and Jean Kasem entered into a contract in June 2014 and that she ignored monthly bills sent to her. Judge Terry Green awarded $87,395 to the firm on March 16.
Haney & Young initially won a favorable ruling on Jean Kasem’s behalf last June when Judge Daniel Murphy ordered that that the former “America’s Top 40” host continue to be given food and medicine at a hospital in Washington state. But the judge reversed himself two days later and authorized Casey Kasem’s daughter, Kerri, to remove her 82-year-old father from life support.
Casey Kasem was the subject of a vitriolic legal battle between his wife and her stepdaughter until he died last June 15. Murphy named Kerri Kasem her father’s temporary guardian last May, but the appointment expired with her father’s death.
Casey Kasem suffered from dementia and Lewy body disease, which has symptoms similar to Parkinson’s disease.
—City News Service
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