A Pennsylvania divorce attorney has been sued for alleged “false and fraudulent” representation of a $15 million divorce settlement, claiming his wife was not paid the settlement amount.
Marc Cohen has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Philadelphia accusing Philadelphians lawyer, Matthew Elliott, of “falsely, fraudulently and maliciously” representing the divorce settlement of $15,000 for the former couple.
“It is a sad day when an individual with a sterling reputation for integrity, integrity, and fairness is attempting to defraud people out of their hard-earned money by making false and fraudulent representations to obtain an unjustified and illegal settlement,” Cohen’s attorney, Mark O’Connell, said in a statement.
“The only thing that would have made Mr. Cohen’s claims any more baseless is if Mr. Elliott had ever met the Plaintiff or their children.
Mr. Elliot, the Plaintiff, and the Defendant are a family of four and are entitled to due process under the law.”
Mr. Cohen is not only the husband of the Plaintiff but has been with the Plaintiff for over twenty years.
He has been the Plaintiff’s primary lawyer since 1996, and he has represented thousands of clients and families across the country.
“The lawsuit claims Elliott failed to properly disclose the settlement of the $15.8 million case when filing his divorce suit, which was finalized in January 2017.
The suit seeks a permanent injunction barring Elliott from representing clients with whom he is associated or from representing others who have filed lawsuits related to the settlement.”
Elliott, a partner at the law firm of Covington & Burling, was hired in 1996 by Mr. Cooper, who is the plaintiff, to represent the Plaintiff in the $150 million Pennsylvania case,” Cohen wrote in the lawsuit.”
Cohen did not disclose to Mr. Peters the settlement agreement until after Mr. Petersen filed his divorce action.
When Cohen was contacted by Mr Peters, Cohen refused to disclose that the $14 million settlement had been approved by the court and the settlement had not yet been filed with the court.
Instead, Cohen disclosed only that the plaintiff had filed for divorce and had been granted a new divorce agreement.
“Elliot is scheduled to appear in court on March 25, 2019.