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Theranos founder accused of bilking lawyers in civil case

October 5, 2019

PHOENIX (AP) — The founder of scandalized blood-testing startup Theranos is now being accused of skipping out on bills owed to the lawyers defending her against fraud charges in a civil lawsuit.


Elizabeth Holmes, who ran Theranos until its 2018 collapse, hasn't paid her Palo Alto, California, attorney John Dwyer and his colleagues for the past year, according to documents filed Monday in Phoenix federal court. The lawyers want to quit the case because they don't ever expect to be paid.


The documents cited Holmes "current financial situation" without elaborating.


Dwyer didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Friday. A message left for Holmes' attorney in a separate criminal case in San Jose, California, wasn't immediately returned. Holmes has pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges of conspiracy and fraud in a case that is scheduled to go to trial next summer.




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