The lawsuit reopens a years-old dispute between Azar and tax preparers.
Jurors sided with Frank Azar after a seven-day trial in December. Ivy Ngo wants a higher court to take a look.
The IRS determined the personal injury lawyer’s taxable income for the year was $1.7 million more than he claimed.
Azar was awarded $4,000 in damages, although his former employee will also have to pay his significant attorney fees.
Azar says Ivy Ngo tried to steal his clients and lawyers. She says Azar defamed her in a smear campaign.
Exhibits that allege discrimination, drug use and alcohol abuse must be hidden, Judge David Goldberg ruled. A trial is scheduled for December.
Ivy Ngo says she created Azar’s class action department, then was hit with a “smear campaign” when she left. Azar says she tried to steal clients.
In a lawsuit filed in Pueblo District Court last month, Azar claims the Alabama-based Slocumb Law Firm is creating deceptive advertisements on Google that make customers believe they’re calling Franklin D. Azar & Associates when they are, in fact, calling the out-of-state firm, which is headed by Alabama attorney Michael Slocumb and has just one lawyer in Colorado.
The personal injury lawyer said he owed $786 for 2017, according to court documents. The IRS said he owed closer to $700,000.
Stan Kroenke bulked up his Denver real estate portfolio, spending nearly $100 million on a downtown office building and 16th Street Mall shopping center.