Sofia Vergara’s ex-fiancé may have to answer more legal questions

A judge has indicated he is set to order Sofia Vergara’s former fiancé – who has sued the Beverly Hills reproductive center where the ex-couple created embryos in anticipation of having a family – to answer further questions from the lawyers of the establishment and to pay a fine of more than $2,000.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephen Goorvitch on Friday issued an interim ruling saying he was bending to grant a motion by attorneys for ART Reproductive Services LLC to force Nick Loeb to sit for the additional investigations. The $2,110 fine, if imposed, would be used to compensate defense attorneys for their work on the motion.

The judge is due to hear arguments on Monday before making a final ruling.

In the negligence suit filed in June 2020, Loeb says he and Vergara started their relationship in 2010, got engaged in 2012 and then began discussing their plans to start a family. They agreed to create embryos at ART through in vitro fertilization, according to his court documents.

After the first round of IVF, a surrogate was unable to produce a child with two embryos, so Loeb and Vergara consulted ART about a second round of treatments in November 2013 which produced two more embryos. , according to Loeb.

However, the directive on the ART form did not give Loeb and Vergara the ability to decide what would happen to the embryos if the couple separated or storage fees were not paid, a violation of the health code and of state security, according to Loeb.

Vergara didn’t pay the storage fees and Loeb ended up paying them, he says.

Loeb and Vergara also did not receive legal advice or advice to speak to attorneys before signing the forms, according to Loeb.

ART Center attorneys wanted to ask Loeb questions during his deposition about his living children and his relationship to them, but Loeb’s attorney told him not to answer, according to the judge’s interim ruling.

“That alone compels the court to grant this motion,” Goorvitch wrote. “The law is clear that an attorney cannot order a client not to answer a question during deposition unless it involves issues such as privilege or trade secrecy.”

Loeb also made her relationship with her children an issue in her lawsuit, saying her sense of loss at not being able to have a relationship with unborn children is a component of her emotional distress.

“Therefore, (ART Center) has the right to investigate her relationship with her living children to determine the merits of this claim for damages,” Goorvitch wrote.

Among the questions the facility’s attorneys want to ask Loeb are how often he sees his children in person, who their birth mother is, who has legal custody of them, does he have a visits established with them, what their sexes are and was there Loeb present for their birthdays and school performances.

In his court papers, Loeb’s attorney, Vip Bhola, said that since Loeb had received death threats because of his pro-life beliefs and Vergara’s popularity, “he’s not going to expose his children living at this risk”.

In a separate lawsuit, Vergara, now 49, sued Loeb in February 2016, seeking a court order stating that any attempt by Loeb, now 46, to bring the embryos to term would be a breach of their original contract. Vergara won this case in March 2021.

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