LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Brad Pitt, who is suing ex-wife Angelina Jolie alleging she wrongfully sold her share of a French winery the couple owned to a Russian oligarch, won approval from a judge today for the hiring of the second of two former clerks for Supreme Court justices to represent him as attorneys in the case.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lia Martin signed off Tuesday on Pitt's hiring of lawyer Sarah Eddy, who clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens in 2005-06. On Monday, Martin gave the nod to Pitt's hiring of William Savitt, who clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1998-99. Savitt is the co-chair of the litigation department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, the same New York City law firm where Eddy works.
The two attorneys needed approval from the judge to work on the case because they are not admitted to practice in California. They will join Pitt's California attorney team headed by Laura Brill.
Pitt's lawsuit, filed Feb. 17, alleges that Jolie sold her stake in Chateau Miraval without Pitt's approval, despite an alleged agreement that neither would sell their respective interests in Miraval without the other's permission.
According to the lawsuit, the then-couple purchased a controlling interest in the southern France winery in 2008, envisioning the chateau as a home to share with their children and the vineyard as a family business. The couple were married at the estate in 2014.