— David Schoen, the California car wreck attorney who says he was defrauded of more than $10.5 million in fees after he argued against a settlement in his wrongful death case, is seeking to return the money and a new trial, according to a court filing.
The suit, filed in California Superior Court in San Francisco, claims the attorney is being discriminated against because he has not been able to pay for legal representation, has been unable to work and has been told he will not get a fair trial, the filing said.
“The lawsuit seeks relief from the defendant, David Schoein, who has been denied a fair, impartial trial,” it said.
Schoen is seeking unspecified damages and an award for lost wages and expenses.
The lawsuit also seeks unspecified damages against Schoen for violating his constitutional rights.
Schoein said he has hired an attorney and will seek the payment of attorney fees, as well as the reinstatement of his legal representation.
He also filed a lawsuit seeking unspecified “unlawful conduct” by the defendants.
Schön has been in the United States since 2008, when he moved to California.
He is a member of the American Bar Association and has represented many people who were injured in car crashes.
In 2014, he won a lawsuit that awarded $12 million in damages to a driver who had been seriously injured in a collision while driving in his own vehicle.
Schon said that settlement was based on his belief that the defendant was liable for damages, and that he was entitled to reimbursement from the other driver.
The California attorney general’s office declined to comment on the lawsuit.