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Paula Deen fires lawyers, hires powerhouse team

4:37 PM, Jul 11, 2013   |    comments
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The queen of Southern cooking is cleaning house.

Paula Deen is replacing her lead legal team weeks after admitting she had used racial slurs in the past, a revelation that prompted several of her lucrative business deals to collapse.

A spokeswoman for Washington-based Grace Speights confirmed Thursday that she had been retained as lead counsel for Paula Deen Enterprises Inc., and other defendants in an employment discrimination lawsuit filed by Lisa Jackson.

Jackson once worked as a manager at Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House, which Deen co-owns with her brother, Bubba Hiers. Deen was questioned under oath as part of the lawsuit and admitted to using the N-word in the past, though she insisted she had not used it for a long time.

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