Coats, Rose, Yale, Ryman & Lee filed a breach of contract suit on July 16, alleging former client John Rihn has failed to pay $93,363.17 for legal services from 2008 through 2010.
The Houston-based firm alleges in its original petition in Coats, Rose, Yale, Ryman & Lee P.C. v. John William Rihn, filed in Harris County’s 151st District Court, that it provided legal services to Rihn totaling $93,363.17 under an oral contract.
The firm alleges in the petition that on Feb. 15, 2011, Rihn signed a promissory note to pay the money, plus 2 percent interest, by Nov. 30, 2011. “Defendant did not pay by November 30, 2011 and to date, has not paid any amount towards the debt,” Coats, Rose alleges in the petition. The firm alleges that Rihn’s failure to pay constitutes a default, and it seeks a judgment against Rihn for actual damages of at least $93,363.17, attorney fees, costs and interest.
Rihn, who lives in Seabrook, did not return a telephone call seeking comment. Neither did Brian Gaudet, an associate with Coats, Rose’s League City office, who represents his firm in the litigation.
-- Brenda Sapino Jeffreys