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Friday, March 7, 2008

Judith Regan, lawyers go courtin'

No surprise here: Judith Regan is fighting back.

The victorious vixen, who beat Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., now will sue the lawyers who sued her for allegedly unpaid fees, according to sources.

Regan had "sent them [her lawyers] a check, and they sent it back," a source close to the case tells us.

Marc Dreier, chief attorney on the suit, told us: "We did all of the work on the case from day one, and she terminated us on the eve of the settlement. She sent us a letter terminating our services, and yes, she sent us a check - for $125,000. But our agreement spelled out that we would get 25% of her recovery ... which has been reported at $10 million to $20 million. Our payment should be a lot more than $125,000."

"That's a complete fabrication," argued the friend of Regan. "All they did was draft a complaint - and not too well at that. [Regan co-counsel] Bert Fields didn't even want his name on it. Judith fired the Dreier lawyers because they also violated her strict orders not to play confidential tapes that had been locked in a safe."

Dreier is also suing Fields, claiming interference during the legal proceedings, but not Regan's other co-counsel, Joe Cotchett.

Regan was fired as she was about to publish the O.J. Simpson book "If I Did It." It has since been published by Beaufort Books and reportedly sold 2 million copies. She was accused of making anti-Semitic remarks, and News Corp. was later forced to admit, "We accept Ms. Regan's position that she did not say anything that was anti-Semitic in nature, and further believe that Ms. Regan is not anti-Semitic."

Regan couldn't be reached for comment.