Dov Charney is swinging, this time at his former legal counsel. The American Apparel founder and former chief executive officer is suing Los Angeles law firm Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP for professional negligence and breach of contract, according to documents filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Charney led a contentious battle last year to regain control of the company he was fired from with a series of lawsuits against American Apparel, hedge fund Standard General and certain current and former executives. He also went in with Hagan Capital Group and Cardinal Advisors on multiple bids for the company late last year in a race to strike a deal before a bankruptcy judge approved American Apparel’s reorganization plan. The bids were ultimately rejected and the company emerged from bankruptcy in February.
Charney, reached by phone Wednesday, declined comment. He is representing himself in the lawsuit filed Tuesday and is requesting a trial.
He claimed in his complaint that the firm was faulty in its advisement of him on various matters including shareholder rights and federal securities laws.
“Due to the defendant’s negligence and/or lack of experience, the firm failed to inform me of various legal consequences or risks of my signing the agreements I signed with Standard General and/or American Apparel causing me damage in a variety of ways to be proven at trial,” Charney said in his complaint.
Patricia Glaser, partner and head of the firm’s litigation department, could not be immediately reached for comment.