A Los Angeles judge said Tuesday he is inclined to allow “Modern Family” actress Sofia Vergara’s former fiance to allow a lawyer who’s representing him in Louisiana in a two-state battle over the former couple’s frozen embryos to join his legal team in California, but wants some more background information before making a final decision.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Christopher Lui said Jalesia McQueen, the lawyer for businessman Nick Loeb, should provide a sworn declaration by Sept. 23.
Vergara’s lawyers opposed the motion to add McQueen, stating in their court papers that McQueen “does not offer this court any rationale or justification as to why she should be added as additional counsel for Loeb or what she could positively contribute to Loeb’s defense.”
McQueen, who is licensed to practice in Illinois and Missouri, “has demonstrated a total disregard for the governing rules of ethics and civil procedure,” Vergara’s lawyers’ court papers allege. “There is every reason for this court to believe that McQueen, if allowed to appear … in this case, will engage in the same obstructionist and bad faith conduct.”
Vergara is seeking fines against McQueen in the Louisiana case, according to her lawyers’ court papers.
But Lui said the actions in the Louisiana case have no bearing on the California suit absent any evidence McQueen would engage in any alleged discovery abuse here.
In the California case, Vergara sued Loeb in February 2016, seeking a court order declaring that any attempts by Loeb to bring the pre-embryos to term is a breach of their original contract. The pre-embryos were created at the ART Reproductive Center in Beverly Hills.
Loeb, 44, sued Vergara, 47, in Louisiana for control of two human embryos they created back in 2013 to try to have a child via surrogate.
Vergara, who has an adult son, married actor Joe Manganiello in November 2015.
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