Another "Cal Cunningham" also got his name in print this week. This Cunningham, also a lawyer, was involved in a messy dispute over six-figure legal fees, a dispute that was settled Tuesday by the N.C. Court of Appeals.
The court case and legal fee dispute concern Cal Cunningham II, who is the father of Cal Cunningham III, the candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. In February, the elder Cunningham was reprimanded by the N.C. State Bar, which licences and regulates lawyers, for padding his bills. The Bar found that the elder Cunningham billed a client for preparing the paperwork necessary to stop representing the client. The Court of Appeals ruling determined that the elder Cunningham improprly sued the same client over unpaid bills.
Opposition researchers have undoubtably already combed over the court filings and started working on how and if to use them.