LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Attorneys for the author and publisher of Katina Powell's book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules,” have filed a federal lawsuit against two lawyers who represent women suing Powell and those involved in writing and publishing the book.

The attorneys who represent IBJ Book Publishing and author Dick Cady filed the suit in U.S. District Court last week against lawyers Nader George Shunnarah and John Andrew White, claiming they are trying to “extort a monetary settlement and gain notoriety for their clients and themselves” through baseless litigation.

Miss Kentucky USA Kyle Hornback and other University of Louisville students filed a suit last October against Powell and her publisher, claiming the book has damaged the value of a degree from the school.

That lawsuit had asked Powell and IBJ to pay any money contractually obligated to Powell for the book to the Jefferson County Circuit Court Receivers’ Office while the lawsuit is pending.

A judge dismissed the suit, ruling, in part, they had no standing to file a lawsuit, but Shunnarah has appealed.

These actions by Shunnarah and White are “an abuse of process,” that has cost IBJ and Cady more than $150,000, according to the federal lawsuit.

Shunnarah declined to comment on Monday. 

The suit, filed by attorney Aaron Silletto, is seeking monetary damages and a jury trial.

The federal lawsuit is similar to a counterclaim Silletto filed in state court in June. That case is pending. 

Former U of L player and staffer Andre McGee allegedly asked Powell to arrange for women to have intimate encounters with players and recruits.


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