Paula Deen Dumps Legal Team After Admitting Slurs

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APCelebrity cook Paula Deen
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Paula Deen has replaced her lead legal team, the latest fallout from her admission she used racial slurs in the past.

Deen announced last week she had cut ties with her longtime agent who helped make her a Food Network star and start a media and merchandising empire that has largely collapsed.

Grace Speights, an attorney for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, has been retained as the new lead counsel for Paula Deen Enterprises Inc. and other defendants in an employment discrimination lawsuit, according to Jennifer Costa, a spokeswoman for the Washington-based firm.

The lawsuit was filed by Lisa Jackson, who once worked as a manager at Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House, which Deen co-owns with her brother, Bubba Hiers. Jackson says she was sexually harassed and worked in an environment rife with racial slurs and innuendo.

Asked in a deposition if she had ever used the N-word, Deen replied: "Yes, of course." But she also insisted "it's been a very long time."


According to the Morgan Lewis website, Speights specializes in defending clients in employment discrimination cases and consulting clients on best practices in corporate diversity.

Court documents filed Thursday asked that all future documents in the case be sent to the Morgan Lewis & Bockius Law Firm and to the Weiner, Shearhouse, Weitz, Greenberg and Shawe law firm in Savannah.

The Oliver Maner law firm and the Gillen Withers and Lake firm in Savannah had been representing Deen, Hiers and their businesses.

Patricia Glaser, of the Los Angeles law-firm Glaser Weil, told The Associated Press that Deen had also retained that firm as a general counsel and that it would be monitoring the case.

Calls to each of the other law firms weren't immediately returned.


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h.hughjardon

I wonder if Paula Deen has a good recipe for blackened chicken?

July 13 2013 at 1:07 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
setanta54s_back

whoooooooooooohooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
hi guys of NSA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
gonna play today,the same as EVERY DAY ?
hell,we GOT echelon carnivore on and freeeeeeekin on
and that data base in az IS STILL STANDING ????
same for alleged fema kamps blah blah blah
still STANDING railway tracks guillotines AND ALL---still standing my friends !

anyway SINCE WHEN are certain WORDS FORBIDDEN TO BE SPOKEN
when THESE SAME WORDS ARE PIMPED and PUMPED from car stereOs PUBLICLY
at DECIBEL LEVELS prohibited under epa LAW etc ?

so paula said the sacred n word==and ?
simply shoud have used the SACRED F word as in f________ OFF.

LESSON FOR ALL REMAINS
never kiss their arses and WORSHIP at the altar of political correct_ness.

July 12 2013 at 9:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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setanta54s_back

definitely they cached this one--
musta been due to FEMA NSA etc typed out
hhhhhhhhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmmm hafta think of new words representing these agencies...easily recognizable to all....
let's see
feeeeeeeeeeeeeemuh better ?

when it takes forever to post........ya know

same as their amateur hour with THE PHONES
from way baaack when for cryyyysake--always SAY helLOOOOOOOOOO guys
and THAT you DO NOT CONSENT....
and tell them while they're busy listenin in.....x,y,and Zs goin on in their home.....

July 12 2013 at 9:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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h.hughjardon

Max Headroom, is that you?

July 13 2013 at 1:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down
h.hughjardon

Chomsky? Oy Vey....to happily fund the things we've decided on? What about all the other crap we didn't decide on, but instead a handful of temporary poloticians decided on?

WTF do we spend $3.8 trillion a year on?

July 12 2013 at 7:38 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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setanta54s_back

truth will come out
that puhlenty went right into their pockets directly
and then indirectly.


is it time yet ?????????

July 12 2013 at 11:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply