By Michaela Salinas and Sarah JaffeAssociated PressNew York City lawyers who are suing a company for allegedly misleading consumers about the accuracy of its porn reviews may have a new ally in the legal fight: The U.S. Justice Department.
The Manhattan federal district court on Thursday ordered the law firm of John P. Sullivan & Sullivan, P.C. to turn over a record of its conversations with a former porn producer.
The judge also ordered the company to pay $400.5 million to a former sex worker who alleges that Sullivan &s; Sullivan falsely told her that the company was working on behalf of a convicted sex offender who was being prosecuted by New York state.
A spokeswoman for Sullivan &ing; Sullivan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The law firm, which represented the former porn actor, did not return a request from The Associated Press for comment Friday.
Sullivan’s lawyer, Brian Wessel, could not be reached for comment on Thursday.
Sullivan was convicted in 2013 on nine felony counts of distributing child pornography and is serving a 14-year sentence in a Brooklyn prison.
He has maintained his innocence, arguing that the charges were politically motivated by a New York Times investigation into his business.
He said he was exonerated by a jury in 2015 and was never charged with a crime.