The lawyer who defended a patient accused of biting his dog has filed a $25 million lawsuit against the dog owner.
In a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Florida, attorney Jason Hurd claims he was wrongly terminated from his law firm after the dog bite case was settled in December 2016.
The lawsuit claims Hurd was told by the firm that it had lost its ability to recover attorney fees because of the settlement.
Hurd says he was told that Hurd’s lawyer would only get paid $25,000.
He says that when Hurd reached out to Hurd, who was then a partner at the law firm, to ask him to settle, Hurd told him he would not settle.
The case is being investigated by the Florida attorney general’s office.
The lawyer, who is not identified in the lawsuit, has said he believes the settlement violated Florida’s attorney-client privilege, which protects attorneys who are accused of misconduct from being compelled to speak with law enforcement about their allegations.
The firm that Hudd was representing, Houser & Co., did not respond to a request for comment.