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Entertainment • Jan 16, 2019

Jake Paul dropped by his legal team due to controversial prank video

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Jake Paul dropped by his legal team due to controversial prank video
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Popular YouTuber Jake Paul is no stranger to controversy, with his latest debacle seeing him dropped by his own lawyers due to a prank video filmed in July of 2017.

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Law firm Loeb & Loeb have officially cut ties with Paul, after seeking permission to discontinue their representation of the YouTuber in an ongoing legal battle over the video in October of 2018.

Paul’s lawyers alleged that the internet star refused to pay them for their services, claiming that his antics had incited an “irreconcilable breakdown” in their working relationship.

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“[Paul has] refused to cooperate with Loeb in the defense of this action,” the firm stated via the Blast, adding that Paul “refused to make payments to the firm for their legal services in connection with the case.”

Now, a Los Angeles judge has allowed Paul’s lawyers to pull out of the case - leaving the YouTuber without any legal representation in the matter.

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The case was raised by Ellis Barbacoff, who filed a suit against both Paul and his production company, Team 10, for “unspecified damages.” Barbacoff claimed that Paul had blared a train horn at him, which caused “sustained shock and injuries,” as well as alleged “pain and suffering.”

This isn’t the first time Paul has found himself in legal trouble due to a video, either; a lawsuit filed against Paul in June of 2018 was recently expanded to include Team 10 in December 2018, after Paul trashed a $10 million Colorado mansion during his 21st birthday celebration.