Sofia Vergara
LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 07: Sofia Vergara is seen on March 07, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by PG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

Sofia Vergara has filed legal papers this month asking a Louisiana court to remove ex-fiancé Nick Loeb’s lawyer from being able to practice in the state. In late-January, American businessman Loeb lost an appeal for custody for two of Vergara’s frozen embryos following their relationship which ended in 2014.

According to Page Six, Loeb’s lawyer, Jalesia McQueen, is based in St. Louis, but was allowed to argue the case in Louisiana “pro hac vice” — legalese for “this occasion only.” The new court documents from the Modern Family star’s legal team allege that McQueen “made false statements in pleadings” and “Mr. Loeb and his counsel knew the statements to be false.”

The legal battle between the former couple comes after IVF treatment in 2013 when Vergara and Loeb were engaged. After they split in 2014, the pair has fought over the ownership of two embryos. It begun in California and was moved to the state of Louisiana where Loeb hoped the state would recognize the embryos’ legal rights.

The 45-year-old’s plan was squashed however as he has never taken up residency in the state. Page Six also reports that the appeals court ruled, “Loeb is not domiciled in, does not maintain a residence in, and does not have the intent to be domiciled or a resident of any parish in the State of Louisiana,” and that, “Vergara has met her burden of proving that her exception of venue was correctly granted by the trial court.”

Sofia Manganiello
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 02: Actress Sophia Vergara (L) and businessman Nick Loeb attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

There is reportedly a pending suit in California from Vergara that is seeking “a permanent injunction to prevent Mr. Loeb from bringing the pre-embryos to term without Ms. Vergara’s express written consent.”

More is to come on this developing story. And may we just say, how a woman needs to fight for this is almost unbelievable.

Vergara is now with actor Joe Manganiello.

Sofia Vergara
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 09: Joe Manganiello and Sofía Vergara attend the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/VF20/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)