The lawsuit was filed by Wilenchik and Bartness, an outside law firm that represented AID and its in-house attorneys in several matters involving the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, media outlets and federal orders.
In September, ABC15 also interviewed John Wilenchik about his firm’s representation of AIDand about the controversial group’s financial backer, who has a history of consumer fraud charges and allegations.
The lawsuit also includes several exhibits that show the firm’s billing statements and email correspondence.
The records show that AID racked up more than $90,000 in fees. After several months, the two sides agreed to set up a plan to pay off the bill at $5,000 per month.
But an email sent to AID by an administrative assistant from Wilenchik and Bartness on Dec. 29, 2016, outlines the law firm’s struggle to collect payment.
“Gentlemen – I am writing again requesting that you hold up to your agreement of at least $5,000.00 per month to get our fees paid. So far, my emails have gone unanswered. I need to hear from you today please.”