Los Angeles Judge: Employees Must Pay Attorney’s Fees to Pacers Owner

December 30, 2011

A nanny and chauffeur who lost their suit against Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon and his wife have lost even more.

A Los Angeles judge ordered them Wednesday to pay $122,000 in attorney’s fees to the Simons.

The judge ruled in September that the employment suit was groundless, holding that the billionaire and his former beauty queen wife, Bui, were extremely generous with nanny Claudia Leite and chauffeur Robert Young.

Leite claimed she was fired because she became pregnant. The chauffeur said he was not paid for overtime and was denied rest breaks. The judge said she didn’t believe much of their testimony.

Attorneys for the Simons said in court papers that the couple actually spent $1.4 million defending themselves against the suit.

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