Attorney asks judge to fine Katina Powell, book publisher and author $3,500 a day
Attorney Nader George Shunnarah claims the plaintiffs and lawyers for Powell, IBJ Book Publishing and author Dick Cady reached a settlement agreement during mediation on Aug. 7. But the defendants then did not comply with that agreement, he claims.
LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) – An attorney for several women who claim they were defamed by Katina Powell’s book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules," has asked a judge to hold the author and publisher of the book in contempt for not complying with a settlement agreement.
Attorney Nader George Shunnarah claims the plaintiffs and lawyers for Powell, IBJ Book Publishing and author Dick Cady reached a settlement agreement during mediation on Aug. 7.
But, according to Shunnarah’s motion on Thursday, the defendants filed a proposed settlement agreement with the court “that contains terms and conditions” the lawyers had not agreed to.
The motion does not include details of the settlement proposal.
Shunnarah is requesting Circuit Court Judge Mitch Perry enforce the original agreement between the two sides as well as attorney fees and sanctions of $3,500 per day until the defendants agree to the settlement.
The motion is scheduled to be heard by Perry on Monday.
Shunnarah declined to comment beyond acknowledging both sides had agreed to settle the case.
Bart McMahon, an attorney for Powell, declined to comment.
An attorney for IBJ and Cady could not be immediately reached.
The six women claim they were defamed by being depicted in the book wearing lingerie and dancing at parties for U of L basketball players and recruits.
U of L has not disputed most of the allegations related to incidents first exposed by Powell, a former Louisville escort who claimed in the book that McGee paid her to hold parties in Minardi Hall, Louisville’s on-campus basketball dorm.
At the parties, Powell alleges, she provided strippers who made deals to have sex with Louisville basketball players and recruits between 2010 and 2014.
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