The particularly bad timing of Monique Rathbun's decision to fire her attorneys - 2016-02-02
We wanted to follow up yesterday's blockbuster news with some important details. Namely, where Monique Rathbun's lawsuit against the Church of Scientology is today, and what immediate deadlines it faces.
On Friday, Monique's attorneys filed a document with the Texas Supreme Court which revealed that they had been fired "without cause." In the filing there was no notice of new counsel representing Monique. There was no request for a stay of proceedings so that new attorneys could be brought on and learn the case. Assuming the court accepts the withdrawal of her attorneys, Monique is currently without counsel of any kind. One of the consequences of this is that the home address of the Rathbuns was included in the document — if Monique still had representation, we might not even know that the Rathbuns had returned to Ingleside, near Corpus Christi.
In our comments, we saw numerous people suggesting that Monique might simply be switching attorneys. While that's possible, our experts tell us it's not likely. Ray Jeffrey and the others, Marc Wiegand, Elliott Cappuccio, and Leslie Hyman, were working on a contingency basis, and had racked up a huge amount of work in the time since the lawsuit was first filed in August 2013. Because they were fired "without cause," they would still be entitled to their percentage of any future settlement in the case, which we believe would be around 40 to 45 percent.